An Unlikely Encounter: Richard Branson at Delta T4 Opening

Michael W. with Richard Branson
It’s been a very busy last couple of days over here at Michael W Travels.
I’m currently in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for Memorial Day Weekend. Instead of packing and planning my trip, I was attending a couple of Delta events.
I went to:
  • Thursday- T4X closing concert  Ed Sheeran in NYC
  • Friday- The opening of Terminal 4 at JFK Airport.

Check back for detailed posts about each of those events very soon.

I was hoping to get some posts done tonight but my flight to Milwaukee took off over an hour late and when we got to our hotel, Lucas decided to get a second wind and play for a while!
The new Sky Club entrance at T4, JFK Airport
While checking out Terminal 4 (T4), my brother and I decided to head over to the new Delta Sky Club. As we got on the escalator I saw a girl coming down holding a Virgin Airlines plane model. Following just up the escalator was Sir Richard Branson!
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Unfortunately my camera was away so I couldn’t snap any shots when I first saw him coming down the escalator.
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I wanted to meet and take a photo with Branson so I had to think fast. I decided to turn around and go down the stairs once we got off the escalator.
Busy on the phone
I caught up to Richard and his friend relatively fast and decided to walk close by, just taking  a few photos. I did this for about a minute or two, taking 2-3 photos before getting up the nerve to say something to him. (Prior to me saying anything to him, he looked up and briefly smiled.)
I had a very short interaction with Richard Branson. Here is how it went.
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MW– Hi Richard, can I take a picture with you.
Richard– Sure mate.
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Richard slows down, puts a hand on my shoulder and turns to the camera for a picture.
I wasn’t sure what to say to such a powerful man so I just made some small talk.
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MW– I just wanted to let you know that I follow you on Twitter. You must be flattered.
Richard– Yes, I am! (He smiles and laughs a little bit)
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I then went on to thank Richard for giving me a moment of his time and taking the picture with me. Then my brother asked him to take a photo. He stopped for a second for him and then started to walk away saying he had to go.
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We were both pretty surprised and impressed at how friendly Richard was.
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Once Richard was gone, my brother and I headed back to the Sky Club to check out the new lounge and get a look at the Sky Deck. That post will have to wait for another day!
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