A Gold Star Family is claiming that they were booed on a plane “as they as they flew to meet his son’s body coming home,” according to FOX News.
A Gold Star Family is defined as “surviving spouses, parents and immediate family members of Armed Forces members killed in combat operations,” according to armymwr.com.
Here are some details of what recently took place on the American Airlines flight.
Sgt. John Perry was recently killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan when he stopped the bomber before he reached his target. This act may have saved hundreds of other lives.
Stewart Perry and other family members were flying from Sacramento to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. They had a connecting flight in Phoenix. When the plane landed, the captain asked everyone to stay seated to allow the Perry family off first so they could make their connection.
Perry mentions that when they announcement was made, he heard some hissing and booing from behind.
What’s confusing is whether or not the passengers knew the family who needed to leave first were a Gold Star Family.
Perry says that he remembered the pilot saying “military personnel” (he told the Army Times) but he also felt they knew that there was a Gold Star Family onboard. He even said how a passenger behind him asked if he “was the father of the soldier killed in Afghanistan“.
I don’t know about you all, but if I heard an announcement like the one mentioned above, I’d have no problem waiting for the military family to exit the plane. In my opinion, it’s just the right thing to do. How do you feel about this?
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