The first class passengers on American Airlines should be ashamed of themselves for the way they treated the Gold Star family of a bona fide hero. I doubt a single one of these passengers voted for Donald Trump!
American Airlines passengers booed loudly when informed their flight would be delayed so it could meet the remains of Sgt. John Perry. The quick actions of Perry and several others stopped a suicide bomber from attacking a charity 5K run to benefit disabled veterans on Bagram Airfield last Saturday, CBS News reports.
“To hear the reaction of the flight being delayed because of a Gold Star family and the first class cabin booing, that was really upsetting, and it made us cry some more,” Sgt. John Perry’s father, Stewart Perry, said. “Most importantly, I want people to know about the heroic thing that my son did.
Stewart Perry is a Marine Corps veteran. He, along with his wife, Kathy, and daughter, Anita, were flying from California to Philadelphia with a transfer in Phoenix, on Monday. Once the plane landed in Philadelphia, the Gold Star family went to Dover Air Force Base to receive the remains of their heroic son.
“He [suicide bomber] would have killed possibly 100, 200, who knows? My kid was over there to help put a stop to this garbage [terrorism] and he died,” the elder Perry continued.
Sgt. John Perry, 30, was a combat instructor. Perry spotted the suicide bomber before he could get close enough to the Bagram Airfield 5K run to commit his crime. The run was being held in honor of Veterans Day.
Stewart Perry said pilot and crew were concerned a layover exchange in Phoenix was running 45 minutes and could cause them to not only miss the scheduled connecting flight, but the arrival of the soldier’s remains at Dover. The Gold Star family became even more heartbroken when they heard the booing and complaints from their fellow passengers.
“Some people were saying ‘This is just baloney,’ and ‘I paid for first-class for this?’ It was just disgusting behavior from people in first class; it was terrible to see,” Stewart Perry added.
According to the veteran father, American Airlines did everything they could to help the family reach Dover in time to meet the sergeant’s remains. The next pilot up stayed at the gate for an extra 40 minutes so the Perry’s could board.
Sgt. John Perry was assigned to Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Pfc. Tyler Lubelt and two Army contractors were also killed during the attack by the suicide bomber.
Perry leaves behind his wife of eight years, Julianne and two young children. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them, and we hope our fallen hero is treated with proper respect from here on out.
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