Travel blogger Johnny Jet is an experienced flier and traveler; he’s spent the past 23 years writing about his jet-setting experiences and giving travel tips to people all around the world who read his blog. Being such a frequent flier, Johnny is well-versed in proper airplane etiquette, so when he heard there was a soldier on his American Airlines flight, he didn’t think twice about offering his first-class seat to him.
He told KCBS Los Angeles, “I heard the flight attendant say something about a soldier, and I looked up and I saw his uniform and I was like, ‘Oh my God.'” He asked the flight attendant if he could give his seat to him. Johnny then approached the soldier, who originally thought Johnny just needed to squeeze by. Instead, Johnny told the soldier he wanted to give his seat to him in first class. The soldier shook Johnny’s hand, said thank you, and that was pretty much the end of it.
However, six years later, Johnny received an anonymous note on his blog post about the encounter from the soldier himself.
“I was the solider you gave your seat to,” the note says. “The story of your unbelievable generosity I have shared with my friends and family many times. It was something that I will never forget and although some may say it was just a seat or you may have felt it wasn’t much, for me it was symbolic. To this day it remains the only time I ever flew 1st class and I cherish the memory of the time a stranger who loved his service men and women so much that without regard to onlookers reminded me why I was going over to fight for the next year and a half.”
Johnny was shocked that he heard from the man more than half a decade later, but he replied, “Wow. Thank you for your service and the kindest email I have ever received.”
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