It is common knowledge that members of the United States Armed Forces are generally given special treatment—and rightly so. For example, all current or former military members are allowed to board the plane early. In addition, airport staff and the plane crew routinely thank members of the military for their service.
However, aside from that, members of the military are treated the same as every other passenger.
But with all they do for our country, many people are of the opinion that service men and women should be given additional benefits during their flights, such as first class seats and free food.
And as passenger Jessica Titus noted, some people are willing to go the extra mile to see to it that such a notion becomes a reality.
It started when Jessica boarded her flight behind a uniformed woman. Then, after they were on the plane, the events that unfolded left Jessica astonished.
After her flight, she posted the following story on the Facebook page Love What Matters. It subsequently received over 37,000 reactions and 2,600 shares.
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.”
“What does your ticket say?” he asked.
She replied, “What? No – I’m 31 B.”
He walked away, leaving her with his first class seat and then took her middle seat in coach.
Jessica was so touched by what she saw that she decided to take action with her own kind gesture towards the man who gave up his seat. Recognizing his act of kindness, she wanted to offer the man money for a drink or snack.
The note stated:
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.
Although the man appreciated the note, Jessica explained, “Spoiler alert, he refused my offer. Do good. Recognize good. Make the world better.”
The top comment posted on Jessica’s Facebook post sums up most of the other reactions:
It’s not politicians or celebrities who are making America great.
It’s people like this man.
“Ordinary” people doing extraordinary deeds to help their fellow man.
Thank you, Sir.
And thank you to the servicewoman he helped.
How wonderful it is to know that humility, honor, kindness, and chivalry still exist. May we keep these virtues thriving by mimicking the actions of people like this exemplary man.