Former Schumer aide surprises girlfriend with airport proposal

Elliot Williams might win the award for going the extra mile for a marriage proposal.

The former staffer for Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerCan Mueller be more honest than his colleagues? Throwing some cold water on all of the Korean summit optimism House Republicans push Mulvaney, Trump to rescind Gateway funds MORE (D-N.Y.) and current head of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Congressional Relations hopped a flight to Johannesburg last week. But Williams wasn’t headed to South Africa for an exotic vacation — he was there on a matrimonial mission.

Williams surprised his girlfriend, Eileen Yam, by popping the question right at the Johannesburg airport, when she was transferring planes on a trip back to the United States. Yam, a Ph.D. student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health, had been completing academic research in Swaziland.

Fortunately, the couple were able to avoid what would have been a long, awkward return flight to Washington — Yam said yes.

No word on where the engaged pair will head for their honeymoon, with the ridiculous amount of frequent-flyer miles they earned with the proposal.