Surprise On A Delta Airlines Flight – Former President Jimmy Carter Is On Board And Greets Every Passenger

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Passengers on board a Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta to Washington DC were probably surprised when they were greeted personally by an elder statesman, namely former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

As it has been in the news a few times, President Carter follows this routine every time he is on a commercial flight which is a pretty nice and decent gesture.

LoyaltyLobby doesn’t cover politics unless it’s travel related. This is simply something I found online and thought it is worth sharing as so many people are fed up with the polarizing political climate in the U.S.

The brief article from Fox 5 Atlanta (see here) popped up in my news feed this morning and I was surprised President Carter still follows this routine given his age and recent recovery from cancer.

Former President Jimmy Carter was recently spotted on a Delta Air Lines flight, where he shook the hands of every passenger before leaving Atlanta.

James Parker Sheffield tweeted a video of the event showing a smiling Carter walking down the aisle as he greeted the surprised passengers.

“I was definitely shocked,” said Sheffield. “Who expects a president to be on their commercial flight, let alone making an effort to greet every passenger? Everyone seemed genuinely excited and the overall sentiment was that it was really nice to have that kind of moment where Party or politics didn’t matter.”

Here is the video mentioned, uploaded by Mr. Sheffield on his personal Twitter account.

https://twitter.com/JayShef/status/872949498431119366/video/1

For someone to go through all this effort with the secret service in tow deserves at least some respect no matter where one stands in terms of Mr. Carters work.

Conclusion

When a former President is traveling commercially it often means that passengers (especially those with free upgrades) might be displaced from First Class back to coach especially if the rather large entourage booked the trip last minute. A friend was on one of such flights last year and four people including himself had to go back to coach.

So in light of possible inconveniences it’s really nice of him to do this. He definitely wouldn’t have to but certainly improves his standing with the people, especially the passengers on this flight.

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  • Henry

    > For someone to go through all this effort with the secret service
    > in tow deserves at least some respect no matter where one
    > stands in terms of Mr. Carters work.

    Say what? It just sounds like the old fella is still ego-tripping, that’s what it sounds like to me. I mean, what in the world makes him think that _everybody_ on the plane would want to shake _his_ hand?!?

    • Denis D

      Henry, you can easily opt out. What’s a problem?

    • Natasha

      Agreed. I would personally refuse to shake his hand. Just sayin’…

  • oveg

    I flew with him maybe 20 years ago. He does it on every single flight that he takes. What a great guy.

  • Alan

    Given that US taxpayers are paying for this travel (at least that of his secret service detail), they should definitely be flying in economy.

    Nice to see he wants to meet and greet everyone but shouldn’t they also have a say in how their hard earned tax dollars are being wasted. Why should those customers who have paid with their own hard earned cash, lose an upgrade to this ex govt employee.