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Thursday, July 15, 2004
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.
I applaud the passengers for showing this level of respect for our soldiers. This is how the defenders of our country should be treated. The sad thing, though, is that we should even have to report this sort of behavior as if it is some sort of anomaly. The truth is that, well, it IS an anomaly.
Oh, and thanks to CNN for burying this story way back in the Southwest section of their website. Idiots.
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