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Houston Airport System Adopts Special Mascot

Arabian Filly “Jet” Symbol of World’s First and Only
Airport Volunteer Horse Patrol

April 2, 2013

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Jet, the official mascot of the Houston Airport System is a beautiful Arabian filly.
The Houston Airport System (HAS) now has a mascot named Jet, a beautiful, Arabian filly born at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

Jet is a fitting mascot as IAH is home to the Houston Airport Rangers, a one-of-a-kind volunteer mounted security patrol that helps protect the airport’s 13,000 acre perimeter.

This is an area that is only accessible by horseback and off-road vehicles. Houston Mayor Annise Parker picked the name Jet for the filly after a contest resulted in a variety of names, including Jet.

Benjamin Marek, Jr., a local third grade student, won the contest by coming up with the name that the Mayor chose, and as a result, won a ride with the Airport Rangers.

Ten other finalists won Houston Airport System t-shirts and hats. Jet's fans will be able to see her at events at the Houston Airport System’s three airports: George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby (HOU) and Ellington Airport (EFD).

Other major airports that have had mascot programs include Oakland International Airport (Oakland, California), John Wayne Airport (Orange County, California), Plymouth Municipal Airport (Plymouth, Massachusetts), and Tokushima Airport (Tokushima, Japan).

Airport mascots have numerous positive results, including increased awareness and education about airports and the positive benefits of travel. 
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