Customs investigates alleged use of helicopter for homecoming invitation

Ron Recinto
The Lookout

Customs officials are looking into the alleged use of one of their helicopters in a high-flying high school homecoming invitation.

According to the Washington Post, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) pilot apparently flew his helicopter over a high school football field in northern Virginia to drop a stuffed animal that carried an invitation to the dance from his son to a girl.

The pilot's son attends Patriot High School in Prince William County, NBC Washington reports.

"We are aware of reports that a locally based CBP helicopter was used improperly by local CBP personnel Sept. 12," officials said in a statement to the media. "CBP management is looking into the matter and the pilot in command of the aircraft has been relieved and reassigned to administrative duties pending completion of the review of the incident."

But did it work out for the pilot's son?

The senior who was asked, Victoria Burress, 17, told the Post: "He knew it was my senior year, and I've been asked some pretty creative ways before this. Everyone thinks that we like each other, but it's not like that at all. It's just unusual to be that close with a guy and to have him still do something nice for you."

Burress, a soccer player and kicker for the football team, tweeted photos and texts as the stunt was unfolding. According to the Post she posted "... so surreal" as it was happening.

"Everyone thought it was cool," Patriot High junior Vic Ceglie, 17 , told the Post. "All the girls thought it was sweet, and the guys were like, 'That was tight.' "

The student behind the invite, who was not named because the newspaper could not confirm his involvement, apparently tweeted, "Just wait and see what I have in store for Prom."