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Five-Year-Old Becomes Honorary Allegiant Flight Attendant En Route to Disney



Allegiant passengers got a pleasant surprise on a flight from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Orlando, Florida on Monday when they were treated to in-flight snacks by Make-A-Wish kid Stephen “S.J.” Awwad.

The five-year-old’s wish was to spend a week with his family at Walt Disney World Resort and assisting the flight crew by passing out snack-packs of pretzels en route was his “wish enhancement,” Allegiant said.

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Allegiant was more than happy to meet S.J.’s uncommon request.

S.J. was named an honorary Allegiant flight attendant, receiving a kid-sized version of the crew uniform and his very own customized wings pin with his nickname and the words “flight attendant” etched in the metal.

“Many of the kids we fly to their wish destinations are traveling to Florida,” Hilarie Grey, Allegiant’s managing director of corporate communications, said in a statement. “But this is the first time a Wish kid has asked to serve snacks to passengers in flight. We found out from Make-A-Wish that S.J. loves anything to do with flying, so we not only wanted to say ‘yes,’ but aimed to make the experience extra special.”

According to, S.J. was born with 10 different congenital heart defects and his organs are flipped backward inside of his body, meaning that he will require a heart transplant one day.

Allegiant has partnered with Make-A-Wish since 2012 and is currently recognized as a Wish Champion for making $1 million in annual contributions.

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TSA Bans TikTok Videos From Agency Social Media Accounts



The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Sunday employees would no longer be permitted to use TikTok to post on behalf of the agency’s social media accounts.

According to the New York Post, the decision to ban the use of the Chinese owned video-sharing app comes after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer voiced concerns about potential national security issues.

TSA officials said several employees who managed the agency’s social media accounts had used the TikTok platform to create videos that were shared with followers, but the agency has told its staff they are no longer allowed to use the video-sharing app on TSA accounts.

While the TSA never had a TikTok account or posted content directly to the platform, the federal agency’s employees posted videos on TSA social media accounts that featured the social media platform’s logo in the corner.

Senator Schumer began advocating for the agency to stop using TikTok after he called on intelligence officials to investigate the platform to protect national security. He followed up his comments with a letter to TSA Administrator David Pekoske on Saturday, which sparked the ban.

When asked about the decision, Schumer defended his position and cited a Department of Homeland Security rule prohibiting TikTok on agency devices. The Department of Defense and the State Department have also banned employees from posting on the social media platform.

“Given the widely reported threats, the already-in-place agency bans, and the existing concerns posed by TikTok, the feds cannot continue to allow the TSA’s use of the platform to fly,” Schumer said in a statement.

“These videos sure do make you chuckle; they’re creative,” the senator continued. “But China might be laughing at these TSA postings for very different reasons, and that should concern us and it’s why I am urging the TSA to find a different platform, and cease its use of TikTok now.”

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