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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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: 1stclasspassengers; americanairlines; americanvalues; homewardbound; soldiers; waronterror; welcomehome
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To: NordP

What a woderful story. God bless the troops and keep them safe

Bruce Kurtz


51 posted on 07/12/2004 3:22:19 PM PDT by Bruce Kurtz
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To: doug from upland
The info came to them from Fox4 in Chicago.

... 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.

52 posted on 07/12/2004 3:23:22 PM PDT by TheRightGuy (ERROR CODE 018974523: Random Tagline Compiler Failure)
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To: NordP

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


53 posted on 07/12/2004 3:23:43 PM PDT by Tahoe3002
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To: dead
I don't think you're even allowed to switch seats in the post-911 world.

Southwest must be in real big trouble!

54 posted on 07/12/2004 3:24:06 PM PDT by Overtaxed
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To: NordP

bump


55 posted on 07/12/2004 3:24:09 PM PDT by NorseWood
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To: MarkL

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..


56 posted on 07/12/2004 3:25:23 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: dead

"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.


57 posted on 07/12/2004 3:25:23 PM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: All
Keep checking back at this website www.KDFWFOX4.com everyone, as we just called the guy there, and he's going to go through the footage of the story, and try to at least put up a still on their website. He's going to try to do this by tomorrow.

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!!!

58 posted on 07/12/2004 3:27:56 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: Tahoe3002
Wow - another GREAT story, and great idea for the rest of us to do!

Let's Roll!

59 posted on 07/12/2004 3:29:58 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: Michael121

exactly... :) and thanks for yours doughboy :)


60 posted on 07/12/2004 3:30:47 PM PDT by Americanwolf (John Kerry and John Edwards....... Two Johns Pimping for the DNC! Thank God for DUBYA!)
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To: TheRightGuy

I think this one was from Dallas/Ft. Worth = KDFW


61 posted on 07/12/2004 3:31:00 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: NYTexan
Flying in my Marine Corps uniform to San Francisco for my trip to Southeast Asia in 1972, the 'stews' placed me in first class and filled me with booze the whole way - gratis. They knew where I was going and why, and they wanted to express their support for me and all the GI's.

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!

62 posted on 07/12/2004 3:32:06 PM PDT by Chieftain ('W' in '04!)
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To: Tahoe3002

Can you explain the difference between enlisted and not enlisted? Just curious.


63 posted on 07/12/2004 3:33:24 PM PDT by Abigail Adams
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To: ken5050

"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.


64 posted on 07/12/2004 3:34:37 PM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: NordP

Tissue alert is right! Great stories, Nordy!


65 posted on 07/12/2004 3:34:41 PM PDT by SuziQ (Bush in 2004/Because we MUST!!)
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To: Az. Mike
"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."

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.

66 posted on 07/12/2004 3:34:51 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: SuziQ
Thanks girlfriend! ---proving we know about more than just fashion! ;-)

(inside joke, everyone)

67 posted on 07/12/2004 3:36:09 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: Kirkwood

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..


68 posted on 07/12/2004 3:37:15 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: KB4W

Proud to be an American PING!


69 posted on 07/12/2004 3:42:17 PM PDT by arbee4bush ( I expressed myself forcefully and felt better after I did it-VP Cheney)
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To: Chieftain
"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!"

That was a sad time for America in many ways. Not quite sure why we got into that one, other than to equate it to the invasion of Kuwait. The Liberal press tossed gas on the fire and it scorched a lot of good soldiers. It was a war fought by some very nasty enemies and it had some bad effects on our guys and some crossed the line. After the hell they went through, I certainly couldn't judge them.

BTW, THANK YOU for serving our country in harms way!
70 posted on 07/12/2004 3:42:50 PM PDT by NYTexan
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To: doug from upland
I would hazard the prediction that with this story going out, the same courtesy and gratitude will be shown our soldiers a LOT more often.

This is a very good thing.

71 posted on 07/12/2004 3:43:23 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: Chieftain
I'm SO sorry Chieftain. People knew not what they did.

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.

72 posted on 07/12/2004 3:45:23 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

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!


73 posted on 07/12/2004 3:45:28 PM PDT by jonsie
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To: Chieftain

Heve you seen this thread?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1169627/posts


74 posted on 07/12/2004 3:45:31 PM PDT by NYTexan
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To: Carry_Okie

Good point CO! A very, very good thing.


75 posted on 07/12/2004 3:46:18 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; xsmommy; Coop
I spent a little money on some troops bound for Iraq on a flight recently - The FA, after a little convincing, decided that they all looked 21.

God, what a bartab.

LOL.

76 posted on 07/12/2004 3:46:21 PM PDT by patton (I wish we could all look at the evil of abortion with the pure, honest heart of a child.)
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To: jonsie

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!!!!!!!!!


77 posted on 07/12/2004 3:48:12 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: patton
Woooo hooooo !!!

An "investment in our future?"

You're a good American

78 posted on 07/12/2004 3:49:29 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

"'silent majority' that pollsters never ask,"

Its going to completly baffel the media and the Liberals when they are both crushed in November.


79 posted on 07/12/2004 3:52:07 PM PDT by Rebelbase (If peace is patriotic why are they ashamed to fly the Flag?)
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To: Abigail Adams

Hi, Abigail,
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.)


80 posted on 07/12/2004 3:55:04 PM PDT by Tahoe3002
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To: NordP

Good post....wish I could see on the news or in the papers.


81 posted on 07/12/2004 3:55:05 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: Mo1
This warms my heart and reminds me that there are still many good people that love America and love our troops (really love them...not lip service).

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.

82 posted on 07/12/2004 3:56:26 PM PDT by Southflanknorthpawsis
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To: pointsal
Yeah, and the lead story, or the front page...where it deserves to be, too!
83 posted on 07/12/2004 3:57:10 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: Tahoe3002

That happens in the business sector, too ;-)


84 posted on 07/12/2004 3:58:07 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: Southflanknorthpawsis

Prayers and hugs - wow, what a special American your son-in-law is! Wow - soldiers are something else~~~


85 posted on 07/12/2004 4:01:57 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
Can't you just see one of our rich liberal friends, ensconced comfortably in his leather clad First Class seat, distracted momentarily from his New York Times to glance up at the passing sun-beaten soldier with dusty boots and faded BDU's. The liberal raises the newspaper to hide how his lips curl in disdain. He thinks "Oh, how dreadful, that Army guy could well be one of those Abu Gharib torturers I'm reading about here on Page One. I do hope there aren't too many on this flight."
86 posted on 07/12/2004 4:02:27 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: patton

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)


87 posted on 07/12/2004 4:02:54 PM PDT by BushisTheMan
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To: ken5050

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.


88 posted on 07/12/2004 4:04:40 PM PDT by Rebelbase (If peace is patriotic why are they ashamed to fly the Flag?)
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To: NordP
Off to dinner - I'll check back in a little while -

IS THIS A GREAT COUNTRY OR WHAT!!!

NordP

89 posted on 07/12/2004 4:05:14 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

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.


90 posted on 07/12/2004 4:06:56 PM PDT by maxwellp (Throw the U.N. in the garbage where it belongs.)
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To: Plutarch

---couldn't resist smiling when reading your post...so sad, so true.


91 posted on 07/12/2004 4:07:08 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: Rebelbase

Very kewl, Rb!


92 posted on 07/12/2004 4:08:00 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

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.


93 posted on 07/12/2004 4:10:09 PM PDT by cavdad
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To: NordP

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.


94 posted on 07/12/2004 4:11:13 PM PDT by Southflanknorthpawsis
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To: MarkL

I agree, Midwest may be the best kept secret in the air and those baked in flight cookies are scrumptious.


95 posted on 07/12/2004 4:13:19 PM PDT by Darlin' ("I will not forget this wound to my country." President George W Bush, 20 Sept 2001)
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To: BushisTheMan

LOL. ;)


96 posted on 07/12/2004 4:15:17 PM PDT by patton (I wish we could all look at the evil of abortion with the pure, honest heart of a child.)
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To: cavdad

May the good Lord stand watch over him.


97 posted on 07/12/2004 4:16:29 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: Mister Baredog
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.

Certainly not "Baby Boomers", the new designated evil in America.

98 posted on 07/12/2004 4:17:03 PM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: Tahoe3002
The officers are usually college educated and aspire to command and authority type positions.

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.

99 posted on 07/12/2004 4:33:07 PM PDT by BluH2o
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To: NordP
You have NOTHING to be sorry about. T

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.

100 posted on 07/12/2004 4:39:00 PM PDT by Chieftain ('W' in '04!)
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