Mass hysteria. There's something about winning airline tickets that just puts people over the edge with excitement. We don't think we've ever been in a place where that many people have been that psyched all at the same time.
There was hugging of strangers, calling of friends and much jumping up and down. What really touched us were the stories that emerged, like two guysone of whom was about to marry his partner in Argentina in a week and the friend couldn't afford to comeand now he can. Or the group of ladies who had been torn over a Mexico vacation together but the violence in the country was freaking them out; guess where they're going now?
The event was to kick off LAN's new "Only in South America" campaign in a big way, taking the "Only in South America" and doing something very "only in New York" with it. There's still a chance to win some free LAN tickets too, however; follow @LANAirlinesUSA on Twitter and watch their tweets for a retweet to win before the contest ends October 13.
[Disclosure: LAN provided single tickets to everyone in the restaurant, including media. However, nothing was expected and our coverage is completely our own and uninfluenced by the hosts].
[8am, 10/10/11: Jaunted has no plans to make use of the ticket and never had.]