This holiday season, I’d like to offer this modest proposal to all of us who get upgraded when we fly: please give up your seat to a traveling soldier in uniform on your flight.
I was rather touched by this post on Airliners.net that mentions the story of a Delta passenger giving up his first class seat to a soldier on his flight. A number of others responded that they have seen the same thing happen when they have traveled.
I know that the upgrade is a well-deserved perk after a day hawking widgets in Atlanta. But whatever your day was doesn’t in any way compare to whatever the soldier went through. My political leanings are, to be blunt, on the far left of the political spectrum. I bring that up because no matter what you feel about the war, there is no way to understate the sacrfice that our soldiers have made for what has been a pretty unpopular undertaking where few Americans have had to sacrifice anything.
The discomfort you’ll feel for 90 minutes in coach on a full 737 will force you to think about what 12 months in the desert without your family must be like. And you’ll realize that if paying $3 for a bag of chips is the worst indignity you’ll suffer that week, you’re in pretty good shape.
If you’ve given up your first class seat, or witnessed others doing the same, I’d love to hear about it – please leave a comment below or write to me at jared (at) onlinetravelreview.com.