It is hard to believe that 5-year-old Blair Schlote’s eyes could’ve opened any wider when she saw the Kona Ice mascot — a giant penguin — Sunday morning at Kansas City International Airport.
Blair, who was traveling along with her mother, Tiffany Schlote of La Vista, Neb., had just gotten a penguin mask painted on her face as part of the send-off for the Snowball Express when the giant penguin appeared. After Blair and the penguin posed for pictures, they gave each other a huge hug.
“I’m so happy I got my mask,” she said with grin.
Blair was one of 38 children who were traveling with about 20 other family members to Dallas aboard the Snowball Express flight. This is the 11th year for the flight, put on by the nonprofit Snowball Express for children of service members who have died while on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001.
American Airlines is the …