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First Class Passengers Give Up Their Seats to Returning Soldiers!
FOX6 Morning News - San Diego, CA | 07/12/2004 | NordP

Posted on 07/12/2004 2:32:44 PM PDT by NordP

It started with one first class passenger asking a soldier what seat he was sitting in, as he passed by in the airplane's isle. The soldier mentioned a seat in the back, but the passenger in 1st class told him no, you're taking MY seat.


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KEYWORDS: 1stclasspassengers; americanairlines; americanvalues; homewardbound; soldiers; waronterror; welcomehome
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It was just another story told on our morning show this morning...or was it?

The reporter began by letting us all know that there were a group of soldiers returning from a year long deployment in Iraq. They were on a plane taking them back to their individual homes from a more centralized group landing point.

As these few soldiers got on the plane, and started to make their way to the back (coach) part of the plane, a soldier was asked where he was sitting, by a first class passenger. The soldier told the passenger, and the passenger told the soldier, "No, you're sitting here," and got up to switch seat assignments with the soldier.

That would have been nice enough, but what followed was even more wonderful...

Each and every first class passenger got up, and gave their seats to one of the remaining soldiers!

This IS America. This is what it means to be an AMERICAN!

This story should motivate all of us, to do our OWN "something wonderful," when we can, and to be more proud to be an American!

God Bless America!!! Land of the Free and Home of the Brave!!!

1 posted on 07/12/2004 2:32:44 PM PDT by NordP
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To: NordP

Trust this is NOT another "urban myth?" Great story though...


2 posted on 07/12/2004 2:35:55 PM PDT by litehaus
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To: NordP

this is really great! its great to hear the soldiers are gettin the respect they well deserve! they deserve much more than this but this is a start!


3 posted on 07/12/2004 2:36:33 PM PDT by justice14 ("stand up defend or lay down and die")
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To: NordP
Each and every first class passenger got up, and gave their seats to one of the remaining soldiers!

Just a bunch of "rich" Republicans no doubt. Therefore the mainstreamers can ignore the story.(big time sarcasm on)

Great story. Seriesly.

4 posted on 07/12/2004 2:37:32 PM PDT by Mister Baredog ((Part of the Reagan legacy is to re-elect G.W. Bush))
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To: NordP

Trust this is NOT another "urban myth?" Great story though...


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you have checked this out and it is real????



5 posted on 07/12/2004 2:39:12 PM PDT by CHICAGOFARMER
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To: NordP
I don't think you're even allowed to switch seats in the post-911 world.
6 posted on 07/12/2004 2:40:19 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: NordP

Thanks for making my evening!

GREAT story, and it is great to see the support our soldiers are getting


7 posted on 07/12/2004 2:40:44 PM PDT by MissyMa
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To: NordP

Sounds like an urban myth to me unless they state the time, day, and airline this took place on.


8 posted on 07/12/2004 2:41:02 PM PDT by Chewbacca (There is a place in this world for all of God's creatures.....right next to the mashed potatoes.)
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To: NordP
A version of it is listed as "pending" on this snopes writeup from back in 2003.
9 posted on 07/12/2004 2:41:12 PM PDT by lelio
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To: NordP
Doubt it's a myth...

While transferring flights in Atlanta - soldiers were everywhere - apparently back from Iraq for the most part.

While none were on my flights, they did gets lots of "attaboy" type and "God Bless" comments throughout.

It was nice to see them all!

10 posted on 07/12/2004 2:41:37 PM PDT by NorCoGOP (We Can't Afford a 9/10 President in a 9/11 World - Vote Bush)
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To: NorCoGOP

Sure hope that's true. That kind of gestures means the world to those guys.


11 posted on 07/12/2004 2:42:33 PM PDT by XJarhead
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To: NordP

This gives me hope.


12 posted on 07/12/2004 2:43:26 PM PDT by Peach
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To: NordP

They have brought Honor unto themselves by doing so.


13 posted on 07/12/2004 2:44:06 PM PDT by PoorMuttly ("BE Reagan !")
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To: NordP

My son just came home for two weeks after being in Iraq since Sept. He got a great welcome at the Atlanta airport. People offered to by him dinner and beer and he was bumped up to first class, he told me "mom they made me feel important". I told him he was important no matter how much he hears from the negative press. He is back in Iraq to finish his tour and stills speaks of the wonderful Americans who made his trip home welcoming.


14 posted on 07/12/2004 2:45:01 PM PDT by jonsie
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To: NorCoGOP

I had to correct a minor problem a returning soldier was having on a recent flight I took. The airline clerk didn't want to help, until things were, um, explained properly. As far as the seat-trading goes, I traded seats with some folks so this particular soldier (who'd been up for about three days) could get some much-needed sleep on the aircraft. Like I said, after the airline rep had things explained to them in a manner they understood, they were extremely helpful.


15 posted on 07/12/2004 2:45:52 PM PDT by Terabitten (Father, grant me the strength to live a life worthy of those who came before me...)
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To: dead
"I don't think you're even allowed to switch seats in the post-911 world."

Yeah, you can. I was just on a flight where a husband and wife had scheduled late enough that they could not reserve seats together. After asking the flight attendent if it was okay, someone switched with the husband so that they could sit together.

16 posted on 07/12/2004 2:45:53 PM PDT by MEGoody (Kerry - isn't that a girl's name? (Conan O'Brian))
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To: NordP

**Each and every first class passenger got up, and gave their seats to one of the remaining soldiers!**

God bless all these people.


17 posted on 07/12/2004 2:46:09 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: NordP
I heard about this on Linda Vester's show today

The business folks INSISTED their 1st Class seat go to the Soldiers

WAY KEWL!
18 posted on 07/12/2004 2:46:17 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: MEGoody

Well, I hope this is true then.


19 posted on 07/12/2004 2:47:36 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: NordP

Great story Nordy, thanks for sharing.

God bless and protect our awesome troops.


20 posted on 07/12/2004 2:47:39 PM PDT by baseballmom (Michael Moore - An un-American Hatriot)
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To: litehaus
No, it was on our local FOX station - a package news story from another city.

The flight attendant was interviewed. She had photos taken with the soldiers.

21 posted on 07/12/2004 2:48:39 PM PDT by NordP (The terrorists aren’t bullies on a playground; they’re hard core, “24” TV, head-sawing TERRORISTS!)
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To: lelio
"A version of it is listed as "pending" on this snopes writeup from back in 2003."

This is a completely different story.

22 posted on 07/12/2004 2:50:32 PM PDT by NordP (The terrorists aren’t bullies on a playground; they’re hard core, “24” TV, head-sawing TERRORISTS!)
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To: NordP; All
Thank God some are showing respect and appreciation to the boys that are out there risking it for us all....

This hits really close to home for me... when I was in the service in 1995 I was trying to get home on Emergency leave and was waiting at San Fransisco airport for a standby seat. I was in my Navy Dress blues, and a gentleman walk up and asked if i was waiting for a standby seat and where I was headed. I advised that I was trying to get to Milwaukee via Chicago O'Hare. He was on the next flight leaving within 45 minutes. with out a question he handed me his ticket and wished me Godspeed getting home. I at first refused and advised I would wait my turn till I could get a seat via the normal means. He said nothing put the ticket in my hand and walk away. I try to run after him and thank him he just told me to remember the action of strangers, and that is all he would say.

After he left I pulled the ticket out of its jacket and say that it was a first class seat, and it was issued to his company as a business ticket. I wrote back to the company based in San Fransisco offering to pay for the ticket and act of kindness. The secretary that returned the letter advised me that the companies owner was well aware of the fact that one of there tickets had been given to a sailor in need, he appreciated the thanks, but would refuse any offers of repayment. The last line from the secretary caught me though. She stated that the owner wanted to remind me that all I needed to do was remember the kindness of a stranger in a time of need.

I see thing like this happen and reminds me that all the bad we see in the media on a daily basis that small tokens like this, may not mean a lot to some, but to the soldier or sailor it may mean all the world. I think those who offer of the selves like the passengers on this flight deserve much thanks also for show respect and compassion to their fellow man.... something I don't think so of our liberal country people understand hence the don't report it in the news. Thanks for posting this great article. And thank you all for allowing me to share a bit of myself. God Bless our soldiers overseas and at home, and God Bless the USA.

23 posted on 07/12/2004 2:51:14 PM PDT by Americanwolf (John Kerry and John Edwards....... Two Johns Pimping for the DNC! Thank God for DUBYA!)
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To: MEGoody; dead

My family did that last year. We couldn't book a row together, so my wife traded with another passenger once on the plane. No problem.


24 posted on 07/12/2004 2:52:01 PM PDT by Cooter
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To: jonsie; ohioWfan; mystery-ak

God bless your son, jonsie. I'm so very thankful he received well deserved honor and respect on his flight home. What a precious memory. :o)


25 posted on 07/12/2004 2:52:35 PM PDT by mrs tiggywinkle (AMERICA, LAND OF THE FREE **BECAUSE** OF THE BRAVE.)
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To: jonsie

I'm very glad that people are showing appreciation for your son and his service to our country. He, and all the soldiers, deserve all the appreciation we can offer.


26 posted on 07/12/2004 2:52:56 PM PDT by LibertyThug (Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night.)
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To: litehaus
My wife and daughter were returning from a family reunion. I was waiting at DFW Airport and saw something that We all should do when going to an airport nowadays. Alas I was high fived but next trip I will be prepared.

As I waited for the "girls" I noticed many GIs waiting in the baggage claim area. Then I noticed a couple of older gents, veterans no doubt. They were walking up and down the waiting area passing out candy to the troops.

Next time you go to an airport, bus or train station stop by the store and pick up something for the troops. The deserve it and the gesture itself is worth more than a small snicker!

BTW My daughter observed that the GIs, in Desert fatigues, had to take off their boots for inspection!!!! Go Figger....

27 posted on 07/12/2004 2:53:48 PM PDT by Young Werther
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To: jonsie
Please pass the tissue box to me, AGAIN....

What a wonderful story - God Bless your son - and you too for loaning him to our great country!!!

I had to stop 'cause I couldn't read aloud anymore when I got to the part where you typed, "mom they made me feel important".

Wow...tissue alert!

Big Hugs and a Civilian Salute to your Son!!! HE IS QUITE DEFINITELY IMPORTANT - SO VERY, VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!

28 posted on 07/12/2004 2:54:59 PM PDT by NordP (The terrorists aren’t bullies on a playground; they’re hard core, “24” TV, head-sawing TERRORISTS!)
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To: Americanwolf

Thanks for the great story...I have tears.


29 posted on 07/12/2004 2:56:30 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: NordP

sure beats getting spit on and being called baby-killer etc. This gives me hope Americans are changing for the better


30 posted on 07/12/2004 2:57:37 PM PDT by Ignatius J Reilly
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To: FreedomPoster; dansangel


See #14......:)


31 posted on 07/12/2004 2:57:38 PM PDT by Vigilantcitizen (Go Cain go!)
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To: NordP
I just verified with Fox6 News in San Diego. The info came to them from Fox4 in Chicago. It was an American Airlines flight from Atlanta to Chicago.
32 posted on 07/12/2004 2:58:10 PM PDT by doug from upland (Don't wait until it is too late to stop Hillary -- do something today!)
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To: Mo1
Thanks for letting us know. We called our Fox6 station, and their news guy started to talk to us about it, and let us know that it was a story by Melissa Cutler from Fox4 News--he didn't say where, and then asked us if we could call him back in a half an hour, because he was in a meeting right now. He said he got another call on the story today, too...someone else wanted the specifics, as well. Bless HIS little heart for trying to be so helpful during a meeting!

The world is a changing! ;-)

33 posted on 07/12/2004 2:58:28 PM PDT by NordP (The terrorists aren’t bullies on a playground; they’re hard core, “24” TV, head-sawing TERRORISTS!)
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To: Ann Archy

I have them from remembering it... sniff sniff... :) they are good tears though...


34 posted on 07/12/2004 2:59:11 PM PDT by Americanwolf (John Kerry and John Edwards....... Two Johns Pimping for the DNC! Thank God for DUBYA!)
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We just found it.... www.KDFWFOX4.com - headline story "Soldiers Learn New Meaning of First Class."

Take a look...

35 posted on 07/12/2004 3:00:59 PM PDT by NordP (The terrorists aren’t bullies on a playground; they’re hard core, “24” TV, head-sawing TERRORISTS!)
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To: doug from upland
He said he got another call on the story today, too...someone else wanted the specifics, as well.

Probably YOU, Doug! ;-)

36 posted on 07/12/2004 3:01:59 PM PDT by NordP (The terrorists aren’t bullies on a playground; they’re hard core, “24” TV, head-sawing TERRORISTS!)
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To: NordP

Yep, he told me someone else was on the line with the same question. :)


37 posted on 07/12/2004 3:03:31 PM PDT by doug from upland (Don't wait until it is too late to stop Hillary -- do something today!)
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To: NordP

After reading this, is there any doubt about this election's outcome? We're that 'silent majority' that pollsters never ask, that media never caters to and politicians seldom 'reach out' to (unless it's to snatch money away from us). They hope we'll be so disgusted with the state of political electioneering, that we'll simply stay home, while they bus in their newly registered voters to take our place, with a far different outcome.
This article should remind you of the many good and decent Americans still out there. If you stay home, their deeds and the sacrifices of our brave soldiers will have been in vain.


38 posted on 07/12/2004 3:05:01 PM PDT by Az. Mike
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To: Americanwolf
God Bless YOU soldier, and friend.

It is time for stories like these to make it out into the light.

Thanks for sharing!

39 posted on 07/12/2004 3:05:52 PM PDT by NordP (The terrorists aren’t bullies on a playground; they’re hard core, “24” TV, head-sawing TERRORISTS!)
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To: Az. Mike

Very well said!


40 posted on 07/12/2004 3:06:32 PM PDT by NordP (The terrorists aren’t bullies on a playground; they’re hard core, “24” TV, head-sawing TERRORISTS!)
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To: NordP
From Fox4 News

SOLDIERS LEARN NEW MEANING OF 'FIRST CLASS'

(FRISCO, July 11) -- A few passengers on a recent American Airlines flight gave a whole new meaning to the phrase "first class", when they gave returning R&R-bound U.S. soldiers an unexpected upgrade. "There are a couple of flights I'll remember forever, and this will always be one of them", recalls American flight attendant Lorrie Gammon.

On July 4, Gammon was on duty when 12 soldiers boarded her American flight from Atlanta to Chicago. They were on their way home from Iraq to begin 2 weeks of R&R. Suddenly, one of the first-class passengers stood up, took his boarding pass back to main cabin. Next thing, the entire first-class section of the plane stood up and gave their seats for the servicemen and women.

Gammon says she didn't know what to make of it at first. "They were almost afraid to take their seats and were trying to give them back, and the businessmen were like, 'No, you guys sit here, we're going back to main cabin.'" Gammon says the flight attendants were watching this from the galley, and trying but failing to stop from crying. She says the soldiers had tears in their eyes too. She says one of the officers told her the soldiers have been in Iraq for more than a year, with bombs going off around them every day.

"Just to know we're behind them, means the world to them", Gammon says. She says she knows people want to show their support for our troops, and on that day, on that one flight, she saw that support displayed right in front of her. For on that day, the seats in first class were filled with first-class American soldiers.

41 posted on 07/12/2004 3:11:24 PM PDT by doug from upland (Don't wait until it is too late to stop Hillary -- do something today!)
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To: doug from upland

Thanks, Doug! I was just reading it....man...what a tear jerker!!!


42 posted on 07/12/2004 3:11:56 PM PDT by NordP (The terrorists aren’t bullies on a playground; they’re hard core, “24” TV, head-sawing TERRORISTS!)
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To: NordP

Bump for excellence.


43 posted on 07/12/2004 3:14:31 PM PDT by Ruth A.
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To: NordP

If there is a real musician in the audience who can write some original music, I'll write lyrics for this. Perhaps a country tune?


44 posted on 07/12/2004 3:15:09 PM PDT by doug from upland (Don't wait until it is too late to stop Hillary -- do something today!)
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To: Americanwolf
Got anotherone for ya..and oddly enough, it also involves SFO..in 1995, I had a three hour wait for a flight back home to NYC..so I'm sitting in the bar..watching the tube...it's about 2pm..weekday..pretty empty...in walk 5 young Marines..all heading home on leave...the sit, order beers..the idiot waitress cards them..and not ONE is over 21...so I call over the bartender, order 8 cold ones..and a tray... I was commissioned in 68..spent 4 years in Europe...and the three hours I spent with that group, some had to leave to catch planes..was the most fun I'd had in years..they were recently out of basic in SD..so they felt obligated to spend the firts 30 minutes explaining to me why Quantico was "pussy" compared to their course..I listend, smiled, "agreed", and kept buying...all fine young gentlemen, they kept wanting to pay me for the several rounds...I wanlked over and told the barkeep that if he took ONE penny from them..not only would he blow a big tip..but I'd turn him in for serving underaged drinkers..He smiled..he was a Navy vet...but since you have to give young Marines the chance to feel they're pulling their weight.. I let two of them make a "raid" on the burger joint in the fast food court..

and while I was very talented at padding my expense account..that "considerable" bar tab was never submitted...

45 posted on 07/12/2004 3:16:08 PM PDT by ken5050 (We've looked for WMD in Iraq for LESS time than Hillary looked for the Rose Law firm billing records)
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To: ken5050

Wow - thanks for sharing YOUR story, too!


46 posted on 07/12/2004 3:19:26 PM PDT by NordP (The terrorists aren’t bullies on a playground; they’re hard core, “24” TV, head-sawing TERRORISTS!)
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To: ken5050

Excellent, Ken.


47 posted on 07/12/2004 3:19:54 PM PDT by doug from upland (Don't wait until it is too late to stop Hillary -- do something today!)
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To: Americanwolf

While in the Army I was stuck at Dallas Airport, 1982. I had money so went to the Hyatt right at the Airport.

Got on the elevator, duffle bag and suitcase in hands. Two older guys got on a floor above. They were not going up they said, but when the doors opened and they saw a Uniform They could not resist.

They had both been in World War II, were glad to see the younger generation taking the oath. They carried my bags to my door. Said good bye, good luck.

The next morning I went ot pay my bill and they had already done so.

They didn't say remember the act of strangers but I did.

After I ETS'ed I was in Atlanta, my flight was the next morning. I shipped my stuff. So was traveling light. The next morning while paying my bill, There were 2 soldiers waiting to go to JFK at the hotel. I payed their bill. And payed for the cab to the airport.

It is people like these stories that you hear about, and you know hope for America is not lost yet.

Thanks for your service "Swabbie" :o)


48 posted on 07/12/2004 3:19:56 PM PDT by Michael121 (An old soldier knows truth. Only a Dead Soldier knows peace.)
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To: dead
I don't think you're even allowed to switch seats in the post-911 world.

I just flew a few weeks ago, and the stewardess said it would be OK. I think that if the plane's not too crowded, and you ask politely, there wouldn't be any problem. Of course, if it is crowded and people are still boarding, I can see how there might be problems.

I think that the key is to be polite. While airline service has pretty much gone down the tubes over the years, many of these flight attendants have to deal with grumpy, rude passengers, and tend to get grumpy and rude themselves. They seem to appreciate a polite passenger.

BTW, if you want great service and a very comfortable flight, try flying Midwest Airlines. It's by far my favorite airline to fly. It's a bit more expensive, but worth every penny.

Mark

49 posted on 07/12/2004 3:20:12 PM PDT by MarkL (The meek shall inherit the earth... But usually in plots 6' x 3' x 6' deep...)
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To: NordP

From your link:

SOLDIERS LEARN NEW MEANING OF 'FIRST CLASS'

(FRISCO, July 11) -- A few passengers on a recent American Airlines flight gave a whole new meaning to the phrase "first class", when they gave returning R&R-bound U.S. soldiers an unexpected upgrade. "There are a couple of flights I'll remember forever, and this will always be one of them", recalls American flight attendant Lorrie Gammon.

On July 4, Gammon was on duty when 12 soldiers boarded her American flight from Atlanta to Chicago. They were on their way home from Iraq to begin 2 weeks of R&R. Suddenly, one of the first-class passengers stood up, took his boarding pass back to main cabin. Next thing, the entire first-class section of the plane stood up and gave their seats for the servicemen and women.

Gammon says she didn't know what to make of it at first. "They were almost afraid to take their seats and were trying to give them back, and the businessmen were like, 'No, you guys sit here, we're going back to main cabin.'" Gammon says the flight attendants were watching this from the galley, and trying but failing to stop from crying. She says the soldiers had tears in their eyes too. She says one of the officers told her the soldiers have been in Iraq for more than a year, with bombs going off around them every day.

"Just to know we're behind them, means the world to them", Gammon says. She says she knows people want to show their support for our troops, and on that day, on that one flight, she saw that support displayed right in front of her. For on that day, the seats in first class were filled with first-class American soldiers.


http://www.KDFWFOX4.com


50 posted on 07/12/2004 3:21:22 PM PDT by NYTexan
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