AUSTIN (KXAN) — A chance meeting aboard a 5 a.m. Southwest Airlines flight back in 2018 turned into the love story of a lifetime for one Austin couple.
It began when Cathlyn Jones took an empty seat next to Michael Davis, a stranger in the exit row, on a flight from New York to Dallas. Then, a pastor from India, Bonny Andrews, took the seat between them. As it turned out, three was company and the group chatted the entire flight.
“When he sat in between us he started the conversation with Michael and kind of added me in,” Cathlyn said. “He really is the reason why we talked in the first place.”
“He’ll forever be in our lives,” Michael added.
On arrival in Texas, Cathlyn and Michael exchanged numbers, departed and then sent urgent texts to their families explaining they’d met “the one,” Southwest Airlines shared in a blog on its website.
A week later, the couple went on their first date. A year later, Michael proposed aboard the cabin of Southwest’s first plane, which is displayed at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas.
Cut to the couple’s big day in Austin last November, where guests enjoyed a Southwest exit row photo booth and Southwest gift bag snacks.
What’s more, Bonny made the trip for their special day — and even officiated the wedding. In a Facebook post, Bonny congratulated them again, writing: “Only God could have done this! Jesus is the ultimate match-maker but He still uses people to connect people to their God ordained destinies! Don’t forget to encourage someone on your next plane ride!!“
Cathlyn joked that the chance meeting of a lifetime may have never happened if she hadn’t bothered to get ready before the early morning flight.
“I wasn’t planning on getting ready in the morning, I was planning on doing my make-up before I headed to work in the Uber,” Cathlyn explained.
“My sister Claire said “you never know who you’re going to meet”, so I ended up actually prepping – which was nice because I feel like if I didn’t, we probably wouldn’t talk,” she joked.
Michael wasn’t planning on finding love either. He said he planned to spend the three hours catching up on sleep before destiny got in the way.
“The flight was amazing,” he said.
And Cathlyn has some advice for all the romantics out there hoping for a similar love story.
“Girls, sit next to the cute guy on the plane because you never know what’s gonna happen!” she said.