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Soldiers fly first class

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by kinch, Jul 16, 2004.

  1. kinch

    kinch Wash me Staff Member

    Did anybody else see this? Gotta love it.

    On CNN they said that one by one every soldier that entered the plane had a first class passenger give them a seat. It was not a planned thing. One guy did it, then the rest followed suit.

    Passengers give troops first-class seats


    DALLAS -- Eight soldiers flying home from Iraq for two weeks of R&R flew in style instead of coach after first-class passengers offered to swap seats with them.

    "The soldiers were very, very happy, and the whole aircraft had a different feeling," flight attendant Lorrie Gammon told The Dallas Morning News in Thursday's editions.

    The June 29 seat-swap on American Airlines Flight 866 from Atlanta to Chicago started before boarding, when a businessman approached one of the soldiers and traded his seat.

    When the swapping was done, "the other two first-class passengers wanted to give up their seats, too, but they couldn't find any more soldiers," Gammon said.

    Another flight attendant, Candi Spradlin, said she was impressed with the acts of good will.

    "If nothing else, those soldiers got a great homecoming," she said.
  2. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    I have seen this a few times.

    I was just on a flight from Atlanta to C-bus and Delta bumped at least 5 soldiers to first class. I sat next to a Marine coming back from Fallujah- he was visiting his girlfriend, who was from Plain City.

    The soldiers were very appreciative of the special attention they were getting. The pilot announced their names and where they were serving and everyone on the plane applauded.

    Good stuff!!
  3. kinch

    kinch Wash me Staff Member

    The only time I see any military is at train stations and such. I swear every person smiles, nods, something when they see them.

    It makes me wonder how those people at that parade (in Seattle? I forget) got away with ridiculing them from the crowd. I am surprised nobody went after them. . .
  4. Bucktastic

    Bucktastic Troy Smith for HEISMAN

    Thats a great story.....great post!!
  5. coxew

    coxew Newbie

    That's very nice to hear.
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2004
  6. DEBuckeye

    DEBuckeye It ain't easy, bein' cheesy.

    That's cool. Nice to see them getting the respect they deserve.

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