This United Express Captain Is Living His Best Life. On Christmas Day He Shared It With Passengers

United Express flight 3705 from Newark to Kansas City arrived 32 minutes early on Christmas Day. But that wasn’t the most remarkable thing about the flight. Republic Airways captain Joseph Tar Schmidt serenaded passengers on the flight prior to departure.

Violinist and freelance musician Captain Schmidt is clearly living his best life,

I am an extremely passionate individual and consider myself very lucky to be able to do what I love for a living. Aviation and Music have been in my life since before I could remember. Since I was a kid, I’ve looked skyward and through the help of many people, I made flying my career. I started playing the violin at the age of 10 and can truly say that it has been a pleasure.

His Embraer ERJ-175 passengers on Christmas Day were living theirs, too! And is it just me, or does the passenger in 1A bear a striking resemblance to Holly Hegeman?

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  1. Regarding AA how very unfortunate to have this CEO running the airline. I gather he thinks 2008 did not happen. People are heartily sick of being conditioned to accepting poor service and waking up to their options, one is to walk away from greed and selfishness from the corporate world which if their CEOs thought about it, they are dependant upon their market, us.
    When I travel to the USA which is not often these days, I avoid LA and now know to not fly American Airlines.

  2. Does anyone reading this blog – other than myself, and possibly you even know Holly Hegeman, and what she does for a living?


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