Female Soldier Boards Plane, But Man In First Class Refuses To Let Her Get To Her Seat
Marilyn Caylor 9/6/2017
No one really enjoys flying coach on an airplane, but that doesn't stop us from cramming ourselves like sardines into tiny seats, especially when the price is right. However, as we're being herded to the back of the plane, it's hard not to be envious of the mini-living rooms and unlimited caviar being served in first-class.
Unfortunately, the red carpet doesn't roll all the way to the back of the plane, since cattle-class "perks" are mostly limited to dollhouse-sized snacks, and seats that recline right into our laps. On the other hand, usually servicemen and women are given special treatment when boarding a flight, even though they didn't shell out any extra money to be pampered like royalty.
Yet, some jealous passengers may lose their cool after they realize they paid a high premium for a service, that's now being handed to soldiers for free. Others may even go so far as to cause a ruckus, by confronting the first soldier they see hanging out in the first-class section.
On a recent flight, Jessica Titus witnessed a man in first-class make a scene after he spotted a female soldier in "his" section of the plane. The Army servicewoman was quietly making her way back to the coach section, when she was physically stopped from moving forward.
Out of nowhere, the man stood up from his seat and left her bewildered with his next move. The intrusive stranger obviously didn't want the flight attendants to get to the soldier first, and offer her the airline's version of rock star treatment. He had his own ideas about what this servicewoman actually "deserved" to get.
Before flight attendants could put a stop it, the man tried to snatch the seating assignment out of the soldier's hand.
"'What does your ticket say?' He asked."
She probably thought he was trying to harass her, which sometimes happens when soldiers wear their uniform in public settings. In her defense, the servicewoman tried to explain that she wasn't encroaching on his territory:
"What? No - I'm 31 B."
Apparently, being a respected military uniform isn't a guarantee of fringe benefits. The poor woman had been given an unenviable middle seat, which meant that she would be squashed between two complete strangers for the duration of the flight.
What Jessica observed next was quite extraordinary. The man wasn't trying to unleash a snob-induced hissy-fit onto the female soldier - in fact, it was just the opposite! She explained to Love What Matters on Facebook:
"On my flight Tuesday, I walked down the jetway behind a woman in uniform (Army). A man stood up from his 1st class seat and said, 'Sorry ma'am, I'm in your seat.'"
The upstanding young man obviously had a very high regard for those who serve in the Armed Forces. His coy way of giving his seat to the soldier, by pretending to have accidentally taken hers, is absolutely charming! He's truly first-class where it really counts - in his heart.
Jessica was so touched by what she saw the man do, that she wanted to thank him by making a kind gesture of her own. Just like we used to do with our "crush" in grade-school, Jessica secretly passed the anonymous man a note, via a flight attendant, and she included some extra lunch money, too!
"Seat 31 B. Please accept a drink or snack on me. If everyone treated people the way you treated the service-woman, the world would be a better place."
The man politely declined the offer, most likely because he felt kindness should be a part of everyone's daily routine. Jessica wrapped up her heartwarming story by saying that we should all:
"Do good. Recognize good. Make the world better."
It's such simple advice, but her words ring true. You know what the next step is. Go forth and do it!
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