STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) – The father of a California soldier recently killed in Afghanistan says he felt disrespected and hurt by passengers who booed him and his family when they were on a flight to meet his son’s remains.
Stewart Perry tells the Stockton Record (http://bit.ly/2fFOIRc) he and his wife and daughter were flying on an American Airlines flight from Sacramento to Philadelphia with a transfer in Phoenix to receive the remains of his son, , of Stockton.
He says the flight to Phoenix was 45 minutes late and the crew, fearing the Perrys could miss their connecting flight, made an announcement for passengers to remain seated to let a “special military family” deplane first.
Perry says several passengers in first class booed, complaining that it was “baloney” and that they paid first-class fares.
Perry’s son died after an improvised explosive device attack Nov. 12 inside Bagram Airfield.
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