Outrageous Gold Star Family Says They Were Booed Leaving Flight
The Gold Star family of a California soldier who recently gave his life in Afghanistan was booed as they exited a flight on their way to Dover Air Force Base, Trace Gallagher reported.
US Army Sergeant John Perry was killed in a suicide attack inside Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan earlier this year.
Stewart Perry was flying in coach, along with his wife and daughter, to accept his son's remains at the Delaware installation.
The Perrys were jeered by and subjected to inappropriate remarks from First Class passengers as they disembarked the first leg of their trip-- from Sacramento to Phoenix, Stewart Perry said.
The crew of the American Airlines flight made an announcement that all other passengers were to remain seated so that a "special military family" could leave first-- in order to catch their connecting flight to Philadelphia on time.
Stewart Perry said that "hear[ing] the reaction of the flight being delayed because of a Gold Star Family and the First Class cabin booing was really upsetting and made us cry even more."
Perry said his fellow passengers in coach may have been aware he was a member of a Gold Star family because they offered their condolences, but that those in First Class may not have known, Gallagher reported.
American Airlines said in a statement that they were "honored to have this family onboard."
"We will always make every possible effort to ensure a smooth journey in such difficult circumstances," the airline said.