In the spirit of full disclosure, I admit that I am an Air Force brat. My father was an officer in the United States Air Force -- serving in World War II and the Korean War, and running U-2 and SR-71 spy plane programs until he retired in the mid-'70s. As such, I gained a tremendous respect for the men and women who serve our country in the Armed Forces, and who willingly lay their lives on the line for us each and every day.
I was therefore extremely happy to see the recent announcement by Delta Air Lines that it has a new policy in regards to both uniformed and non-uniformed active members of the military. Beginning immediately, Delta will give priority boarding to these men and women -- inviting them to take their place at the head of the line.
What was most interesting to me was how this new policy came about. According to a Delta announcement,
"The idea that sparked this change came from an active military member who sent a note to Delta CEO Ed Bastian asking if the airline would consider recognizing those individuals traveling on orders."
As the company points out, it has long supported members of the military -- including 3,000 employees who are currently members of the U.S. Armed Forces and about 10,000 more employees who are veterans.
So, the next time you're waiting in line to get on a Delta flight, don't be surprised when you hear the gate agent announce, "Our active duty U.S. military service members with ID are welcome to board." In my book, it's the least we can do for these brave men and women, and I personally thank Delta for making this move. And thanks to every member of the Armed Forces -- both active duty and veteran -- for your service.