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Old Aug 21, 05, 9:52 am   #1
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Upgrading Military Personnel

On a flight this week from ATL to ORF, I was pleased to see that they filled all of the available FC seats (about 8 of them) with military guys. (One guy asked the FA if he could get "free refills" on his cocktail!)

They pulled these guys from the back of the plane, at the last minute. On the return Friday, they had one empty FC seat, and again, upgraded a man in uniform.

WELL DONE! That's the first kind thing I can say about Delta in quite a while.

(On another note, upon sharing that with a liberal-minded friend, she couldn't help showing her contempt).
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Old Aug 21, 05, 10:35 am   #2
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Do we really need another thread on this topic?
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Old Aug 21, 05, 1:35 pm   #4
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Do we really need another thread on this topic?
Interesting how quickly some are to criticize, as opposed to saying something helpful or productive!

Perhaps a quicker strategy in the future might be to "ignore".
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Interesting how quickly some are to criticize, as opposed to saying something helpful or productive!

Perhaps a quicker strategy in the future might be to "ignore".
rrz518, I don't think the post was to criticize but to point out that a search will bring up this topic in many threads. Enjoy reading :

Random Act of Kindness by Amy the FA
Nice touch by Delta captain
“Good Goes Around”
Does Flight Crew Ever Offer B/E Seats If Plane Is Wide Open
Give your 1st Class Seat to a soldier
Skymiles for heroes program
A most enjoyable flight in………coach
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/showt...light=military
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I think that's awesome. Way to go Delta, and thanks for sharing the info.
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Old Aug 22, 05, 9:26 pm   #8
  
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(On another note, upon sharing that with a liberal-minded friend, she couldn't help showing her contempt).[/QUOTE]

I would like to applaud your female friend. I totally agree with her.
Military personnel is doing a job. They chose to join the military and they
are getting paid to do that. Period. That does not qualify for upgrading
on flights or for any other special treats either.
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I would like to applaud your female friend. I totally agree with her. Military personnel is doing a job. They chose to join the military and they are getting paid to do that. Period. That does not qualify for upgrading
on flights or for any other special treats either.
This act of kindness and respect is deserving of contempt? Wow. Disagree if you must, but contempt? We even give "special treats" to our dogs for performing stupid pet tricks, yet someone who volunteers for a dangerous job in public service is deserving of less?
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I would like to applaud your female friend. I totally agree with her.
Military personnel is doing a job. They chose to join the military and they
are getting paid to do that. Period. That does not qualify for upgrading
on flights or for any other special treats either.
Then I would bet that you are not a US citizen. Remember that most of DL's pax *are* US citizens and they probably wouldn't agree with your view.
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Old Aug 22, 05, 10:03 pm   #11
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Boy, there is some real OMNI like things I could say in this thread. But I just wrote in another thread that I don't do OMNI.

Let me try to be softer than I could be. I have never been in the military. My dad was a Marine in the Korean War. He never made a big deal about any of that when I was growing up (and he was lucky enough not to see combat anyway) but we never not considered the offer from the United States of America to take the "special perk" of a flag upon his death some 40 years later.
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Old Aug 22, 05, 10:04 pm   #12
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Then I would bet that you are not a US citizen. Remember that most of DL's pax *are* US citizens and they probably wouldn't agree with your view.
What difference does that make? Iraqi citizens would be happy to see free upgrades for the military. I don't live in Iraq. Why are we over there, anyway?
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What difference does that make? Iraqi citizens would be happy to see free upgrades for the military. I don't live in Iraq. Why are we over there, anyway?
I don't understand your point. Most US citizens are supportive of their military and would probably not criticise an airline for providing upgrades. The comment I referred to sounded like it was a comment made from a non-US viewpoint.
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I don't understand your point. Most US citizens are supportive of their military and would probably not criticise an airline for providing upgrades. The comment I referred to sounded like it was a comment made from a non-US viewpoint.
Guess what, there are US citizens who are not in support of this war. There are a lot more than you might imagine.

Implying that someone must not be a US citizen in order to disagree with all the rah-rah, yellow ribbon waving Bushies strikes of xenophobia.
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Guess what, there are US citizens who are not in support of this war. There are a lot more than you might imagine.
And of course, there are those who don't support the war but still support the troops. Don't imply that I am taking any position on this one. And with that, I am done talking about this here.
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