When to Give Up a First Class Seat

Is it ever a good idea to give up a spacious first class seat with all the attendant perks like gourmet meals and free drinks? No doubt some would say no. But a group of elite travelers flying American Airlines out of Chicago felt differently and you may too.

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According to a media report – confirmed by the airline – a group of 13 U.S. Marines were heading back to their base near San Diego from Afghanistan. The arduous trip involved multiple coach flights in cramped seats while lugging heavy duffle bags or backpacks, but once they got to Chicago, it was a different story.

American, Passengers Do the Nice Thing

A spokesperson for American Airlines told FareCompare the carrier will bump up uniformed military members whenever possible and it just so happened there were six empty seats up front on the flight in question which were quickly offered to the troops. Apparently, once the other first class passengers realized what was going on, seven of them immediately made their own seats available so all the Marines could be seated together.

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Other Airline Good Deeds

This is hardly the first time an airline has performed an act of kindness. Earlier this year, travel expert and FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney wrote a column including several examples. Our favorite was this one:

“Last month a little boy left a shirt on a Delta flight to San Diego, but it wasn’t just any shirt – it was what his dad was wearing when he died in a freak accident two years ago. Ever since, the seven year old has clung to the shirt as a final reminder of the father he lost. When Delta heard of the loss, employees cried then pulled themselves together to pull out all the stops: pilots searched planes, gate agents dug through trash, crews went dumpster diving – and they found it.”

Question: Has your airline, or passengers, or you – ever done anything nice for anyone on a plane? And no, we’re not talking about tipping the flight attendant.


Published: November 6, 2013