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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #15)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:22 PM

18. Uffda! I don't want to see someone do that anywhere, frankly.

I used to fly a lot. I fly a lot less now that I can't write it off as an expense.

I think my favorite in-flight story was my flight back from Turkey when I was in the USAF. The plane made a stop in Rome, and there was enough time for a brief walk around the terminal before getting back on the plane. This elderly couple came up to me in the boarding area (I was in my blue dress uniform), along with their young teenage granddaughter.

They asked if I would mind if their granddaughter sat next to me on the plane and if I'd make sure she met her parents at JFK. Granddaughter rolled her eyes. "Sure," I said. "I'd be happy to." So, the grandparents spoke to the airline people at the desk, and they issued the girl a new boarding pass next to my seat.

Cute kid. I remember thinking, "Folks, you're seating your 15-year-old granddaughter next to a 21-year-old Air Force dude who has been stationed at a remote base staffed only by men for 15 months. Are you sure that's what you want to do?" Of course, I had no bad intentions at all, and was a perfect gentleman on the flight, but I thought it was an odd thing for someone to do.

Anyway, it was a long flight, and I got to hear a commentary in run-on sentences from a weary, but still excited, teenager about all the things she'd seen in Italy on her vacation with her grandparents. She must have said, "It was a real experience for me, and then..." fifty times. I just smiled and nodded, until the kid finally fell asleep, leaning her head on my shoulder. Overall, it was an odd experience. Way more trust all around than I would have expected, even in 1968.

We finally got to JFK, and I escorted the girl off the plane and handed her off to her waiting parents, who tried to tip me for looking after their daughter. I declined, of course. I still thought it was odd to rely on some young Air Force sergeant to look after a young teenager. But, maybe not. She got there safely and unbothered.

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