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Local Marine recruits airline for in-flight proposal

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Love was in the air Friday night, literally, for one San Diego couple.

A Camp Pendleton Marine proposed to his girlfriend on an airplane, but it took weeks of planning and the assistance of the entire flight crew.

The now bride-to-be had no idea her then-boyfriend was on the flight.

Crew members not only snuck him on, but they took part in a skit he wrote just for her, before popping the question on the exact flight where they met one year ago.

Shannon Jones and Weylon Fontenot met February 15th 2012 on a Southwest flight from San Diego to San Francisco.

And they have been together ever since.

For their anniversary, this Camp Pendleton Marine wanted to do something special by proposing marriage.

So he came up with an elaborate plot that could only work with the help of Southwest employees.

Video sent to News 8, shows Weylon, dressed in his Military blues, describing his plan to flight attendants just before they snuck him onto the airplane.

On board the plane was an unsuspecting Shannon, with one of her friends.

Weylon had lied and told her he had to work on their anniversary, so he bought her a pair of tickets, urging her to go out and have a girls' weekend in San Francisco.

Once in the air, Weylon had a crew member read this prepared speech on the loudspeaker.

It said in part, "On our flight today, we have a couple that met on this exact flight a year ago... because of Military duty... one of them had to make the trip alone... he asked that his girlfriend not be allowed to sit next to any cute guys... so can I have Shannon Jones come to the front?"

"I was just so shocked cause even when they brought me up there, I thought he just like called in and I had no idea he was actually on the flight," said Shannon.

As she walked up the aisle, Weylon was behind her -- with the sparkling ring in hand.

It was at that moment, he proposed marriage, which was followed by a "yes," and roaring applause from the 130 passengers.

"I started to tear up and thought oh my God, this is really happening," she said.

"I'm extremely happy, happy to be in San Francisco and happy to be engaged," Weylon said in a phone interview with News 8 on Saturday.

The couple plans to return home to San Diego Sunday night. No word yet on a wedding date or if that too, will be on a plane.

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