U.S. airlines schedule special flights to the North Pole

Alaska Airlines is one of the many airlines with special "fantasy flights" to the North Pole. Photo: Alaska Airlines. 

Alaska Airlines is one of the many airlines with special "fantasy flights" to the North Pole. Photo: Alaska Airlines. 

We have have reached a time of the year when just about every airline schedules special flights to an unusual place -- the North Pole. 

The flights give sick and underprivileged children a chance to ride on an airplane and visit Santa. Often, the flights actually take off. Sometimes, however, like on the Delta trip I took last year, the airplane only does a "fast taxi" around the airfield. Either way, the kids are enthralled. And airline employees enjoy the flights, too. 

CNN did a feature this week on United's program, which could bring a smile to your face. 

And here's a cute video produced recently after a Delta Air Lines flight from Detroit.