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1-year-old has flown 99 times

Nevada Appeal. Levi Terry celebrates his first birthday on a Southwest flight from Las Vegas to Reno last week with his parents Sam and Laurel Terry. The flight on Feb. 17 was the Carson City boy's 99th.

The 137 passengers on a Southwest Airlines plane to Reno from Las Vegas last week didn’t know Levi Terry, but that didn’t stop them from singing “Happy Birthday” to the 1-year-old.

“He was feeling a little under the weather, but other than that he’s just so giggly, so happy,” said his mother Nicole, who often flies out of town with her child for business trips. Her associates are accustomed to Levi coming along.

The Feb. 17 birthday flight marked 99 trips on a plane for Levi – flights that have taken him farther than just Las Vegas. He’s flown into 14 cities, seven other states and Mexico.

“I thought it was kinda neat because it was his 99th flight on his birthday and it’s unusual that a 1-year-old has flown that much,” Terry said.

Birthday balloons tied to his stroller marked the first year since his birth, and a stewardess handed out party bags to passengers once everyone was on the plane.

Levi’s dad, Sam, was also on the flight and celebrated his son’s first birthday. There was no cake.

Laurel Terry has lived in Carson City since 1999, moving from Texas. Much of her family resides in the area and Levi is a first child.

“I haven’t had a bad flight with him on all those flights,” she said. “He’s just a lot of fun, which has made me not have a bad time flying with him. I have a feeling he might get a little more rambunctious as he passes the one-year mark.”

Her family invests in real estate and owns Parkway Manor Apartments in Carson City. Terry said when the flight attendant announced Levi’s birthday over the intercom, passengers thought it was a joke. They appreciated the birthday bags, though.

“Everyone passed by (when we were disembarking) and said ‘happy birthday’ and ‘thanks for the goodie bag.’ “

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