Skip to comments.First Class Passengers Give Up Their Seats to Returning Soldiers!
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.
What a woderful story. God bless the troops and keep them safe
... hhmmm ... Fox broadcast in Chicago is on 32
I did hear it reported, though, by Linda Vester on FNC Dayside at about noon here in Chicago.
Just before the fighting started last year, I was on a long-term business assignment in Nashville. Each day, I drove by the regional USMC recruiting office. One day, I called the office and asked to speak to the senior enlisted Marine. A Sergean Major came on the phone and I introduced myself. A few days later, I met the Officer in Charge (OIC) and gave him several hundred dollars worth of gift certificates to Ruby Tuesday restaurants. I asked the OIC to pass them out to as many of his ENLISTED Marines as possible. The gratitude was overwhelming. I am too old to be in uniform, but I am not too old to do something for them. The local recruiters, of all branches, work lots of hours (60 or more per week) for the same paycheck.
Semper FI! USMC 1970-1981
Southwest must be in real big trouble!
I used to think that politness worked..but sadly..it doesn't...FA's today have it tough...and they're so overworked and overstressed that there isn't time for "kindness" to work its normal magic.. Second, if you're nice, many assume you're just trying to hit on them..
"I don't think you're even allowed to switch seats in the post-911 world."
I see it done on nearly every flight and I travel at least 4 flights every 2 weeks. Usually the FA are asked and they say to go ahead and switch.
We told him that so many of you all have been posting your personal stories--told him about this freerepublic thread, that Melissa Cutler -who originally did this piece- could have herself a full feature - if not a book from this one story!
God Bless America! The greatest country in the world!!!
exactly... :) and thanks for yours doughboy :)
I think this one was from Dallas/Ft. Worth = KDFW
That was quite different than treatment that I got in San Francisco airport 2 years later when I came back - insults hurled by hippie scum!
Can you explain the difference between enlisted and not enlisted? Just curious.
"Second, if you're nice, many assume you're just trying to hit on them."
Most FAs are so matronly these days that I would rather not. I rarely see a fresh-faced young FA. Maybe I'm on the wrong flights.
Tissue alert is right! Great stories, Nordy!
After re-reading this thread because this whole event is bringing chills to me--the REALLY good kind ;-) your post was just so right on target, I had to post it again! So true. So true.
(inside joke, everyone)
Well..I'm a pretty good looking 56 year old...so the 30-40 y.o. FA are babes to me..it's all in the perspective...however..there is NO glamour attackhed to it anymore..I was based in Spain from 68-72..dated a PanAm stewardess for two years..gawd..they were ALL gorgeous..and those cute little derby hats..
Proud to be an American PING!
This is a very good thing.
I showed this story to my 101st Army Ranger brother. I told him about the other post (above) --about it being "better than the spiting on and being called baby-killer." I told him how sorry I was about his having to go through that. I told him that now that I'm old enough to change things, I will. (He's 9 yrs older than me).
We were at an anti-war demonstration in San Diego -- as PRO Iraqi Liberation supporters a year or so ago. We were just there to support President Bush, because we knew there'd be some bashing. This Vietnam Vet came up to me and started yelling at me saying where was I during the Vietnam war...I said I was at home, but my brother was there as an 101st Army Ranger, and I'm so sorry Sir that we didn't thank you enough. I'm thanking you now...God Bless you Sir, I told him....and his face immediately turned from a one filled with rage, to a face with eyes now filling up with tears.
I'm so sorry Chieftain, but we'll right that wrong as best we can, together! Please know that we care and thank you very, very much. God Bless YOU.
Thank you so much!! I feel the same way. He had a wonderful vacation, got engaged and is looking forward to a career in the military. He is a medic and is up for awards for valor. I sent him this post to let him know how much support there is back home. You freepers are the best!
Heve you seen this thread?
Good point CO! A very, very good thing.
God, what a bartab.
Wow!!! Hi jonsie's son! All the best to you and your new fiance!!! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. YOU MAKE OUR NATION PROUD!!!!!!!!!
An "investment in our future?"
You're a good American
"'silent majority' that pollsters never ask,"
Its going to completly baffel the media and the Liberals when they are both crushed in November.
Enlisted are the ranks of Private (Army & Marines), Seaman or Airmen up through Sergeant Major, or Master Chief Petty Officer (Navy & USCG), (not sure about Air Force). The enlisted ranks comprise the bulk of all the services.
The officers are the Lieutenants through General or Admiral. The officers are usually college educated and aspire to command and authority type positions.
(Just joking here: but the enlisted guys get things done; the officers like to think about how to get things done. And yeah I can say that, I went from Private to Major in the Marines.)
Good post....wish I could see on the news or in the papers.
My son-in-law is a Marine that will be returning to the gulf area for the 3rd time next month. I'm happy to know that many people will look at him with the same pride, affection and respect.
That happens in the business sector, too ;-)
Prayers and hugs - wow, what a special American your son-in-law is! Wow - soldiers are something else~~~
Speaking of bars:
There was this new bar in town that everyone was talking about because it had a robot-bartender. A man walks in to see this for himself. He sits at the bar and sure enough, a robot was bartending. The man orders a drink, and the robot asks him what his IQ is. The man replies that his IQ is 150. So the robot begins discussing nuclear physics, hydrogen power cells, and the current state of the global atmosphere. The man is amazed.
He has to see how good this robot really is. He leaves the bar and comes right back in and sits at the bar. Again, the robot asks him for his IQ. This time the man replies "100." So the robot discussesfootball, basketball, and the proper way to grill a steak.
The man leaves and comes back in for a third time.
This time he tells the robot that his IQ is 50.The robot replies:
"So, are you democrats really going to vote for Kerry?"
(sorry, couldn't resist)
Back in April my young son and I headed to the beach and stopped at a quickie mart ouside Cherry Point Marine Air Station.
There were two buzz cut young guys in jeans and tee shirts in line ahead of me and I asked them if they were stationed there. They said yes and I told the cashier their purchase was on me.
I told them I don't get the chance to thank guys like them for what they do for guys like me and I appreciated the opportunity to be able to do it.
It was only a couple of gatorades and candybars and they expressed their thanks.
IS THIS A GREAT COUNTRY OR WHAT!!!
Ah, America. The greatest country the world has ever seen because of its military and its people. God Bless America's Military and God Bless America.
---couldn't resist smiling when reading your post...so sad, so true.
Very kewl, Rb!
Hi all. I'm Jonsie's husband and just wanted to add something about our son in Iraq. I'm a reporter at the North Carolina legislature and you must know what the lawmakers did here for our son when he was home on leave. The leader in the Senate actually invited him to the floor of that chamber and asked him to address the Senate. He handled himself very well, neither of us expected that because I know that is an invitation usually saved for ex-Governors. He thanked them for their support and asked them to keep him and other soldiers in their prayers. He also got a rousing standing ovation when he was saluted by the House Speaker while he was sitting in the gallery. We even have the videotope of the Senate address. Those moments pulled all of the politicians together for a few minutes to salute a hero. By the way, it wasn't reported anywhere.
Thank you so much. He IS very special, but then they all are and deserve more than we can give. How wonderful that people are showing them how much they mean to us and how important they are.
I agree, Midwest may be the best kept secret in the air and those baked in flight cookies are scrumptious.
May the good Lord stand watch over him.
Certainly not "Baby Boomers", the new designated evil in America.
Back in the old Corps we used to joke about the most dangerous situation an enlisted Marine could possibly be in ... it was unanimous, following a 2nd Lt. who was leading the way with a map and a compass.
The scumbag anti-American, anti-war, hippies are the ones who disgraced THEMSELVES, not us!
Thank you for your support of our troops and ALL veterans.