If you’ve ever been on a plane before, you’ll probably agree that sitting in the coach or economy position isn’t exactly all that comfortable or appealing, especially if the flight takes longer than a few hours.
There’s barely enough leg room to maneuver, everything seems incredibly crowded and a coach seat is only really good enough to take you from point A to point B.
When one man sitting in the first class noticed a female army officer who was still in uniform, he immediately decided to show an amazing gesture.
As we all know, former or current members of the United States Armed Forces often receive special treatment in a number of cases, which includes most flights. And rightfully so, of course, it’s only a small token of appreciation for the service our men and women in uniform provide on a daily basis to protect our freedom.
For this particular airline, military personnel is allowed to board earlier than the rest of the passengers. Flyers in first class are an exception, however, as they can board the plane before everyone else. One could argue that army members should be given even more benefits on an airplane such as free seating in first class, and this anonymous man definitely agreed.
The man, a first class passenger, spotted the army officer and immediately got up from his seat.
Knowing that the army officer would have to fly in coach, he simply said to her: “Sorry ma’am, I’m in your seat.”
As you can imagine, the woman was quite confused and was certain that she didn’t have a first class ticket. “What? No – I’m 31B,” she then replied somewhat surprised.
He then insisted that the army woman would take his seat, as a respectful thank you for her service and as a kind gesture.
The woman was stunned by the sweet gesture and the two then switched seats.
The man, who wants to remain unknown, then left the first class area to go her seat in economy class. His act of kindness hasn’t gone unnoticed, as passenger Jessica Titus was able to witness this heartwarming moment with her own eyes.
In fact, she was so moved by what happened that she wanted to do something for this kind man. She wrote a note, asking if the man would want to have a snack or a drink, along with a small bill.
“Seat 31 B – Please accept a drink or snack on me. If everyone treated people the way you treated the servicewoman, the world would be a better place.”
The man was definitely grateful and happy that his act inspired someone, but didn’t want to accept her money.
“Spoiler alert, he refused my offer. Do good. Recognize good. Make the world better,” the woman then wrote on Facebook.
Jessica shared this special and amazing story on the Facebook page Love What Matters, where it was quickly liked by almost 40,000 people and shared by thousands. Plenty of other people have also shared their experiences with military personnel on flights in the comments and wanted to take the time to thank all three of them.
“Someone did this for my husband and I on our flight back to Kansas from California. Forever grateful for people’s appreciation for our service men and women, especially my husband,” Kate Nixon wrote.
“Love in action for all 3 people – the service woman, the one giving up his seat, the one rewarding the one who gave up his seat. Thank you all. Love always wins,” Dianne Black concluded.
These people truly make the world a better place, and sometimes all it takes is a kind gesture.
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"On my flight Tuesday, I walked down the jetway behind a woman in uniform (Army). A man stood up from his 1st class seat…
Source: Love What Matters