Fallen airman disrespected by guests on Phoenix flight

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) –

Fallen service members are transported house by industrial flight.

You might have seen this on a flight you were on.

Now, there is an etiquette you have to follow. This is supposed to be an emotional trip. Sometimes the fallen soldier’s household is on board the plane and merely bringing him or her the home of their final resting location.

Back on July 6, SSgt. Andre Taylor, an airman who was stationed at Luke Air Force Base, passed away and his body was being transferred back to his home in Michigan.

Throughout the flight, the guests are informed a number of times that when the plane reaches eviction to stay seated up until the casket is removed the airplane. Ken Fitzgerald, a retired airman, was on that airplane.”We have a fallen soldier onboard, fallen airman and we ask you to remain seated as we pull into eviction till he can be escorted off the airplane first,” Fitzgerald stated.

Having actually been in the Air Force, Fitzgerald knew what that indicated, lionize for the fallen who have actually served this country. However, when the airplane reached eviction, the fallen airman’s escort headed for the door and most travelers got on their feet and gone out.

“I was just in shock. I was taking a look at them and I resembled, are you joke me ?!” Fitzgerald stated.

Fitzgerald took video of the travelers however says it wasn’t to shame them but for others to see it and learn how to show respect throughout the transportation of a fallen service member.

I did talk to the family of SSgt. Andre Taylor.

“I was distressed by the disrespect individuals had actually displayed on the airplane that day and now I’m so overloaded by the love and support my brother and family has gotten [sic] because of that disrespect. It has truly helped my family survive this difficult time,” his sis Tiffany Dobson said.

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