H/T Western Journalism.

The actions of these people is very disgraceful.

“Pretty damn disappointed in people today.”

military family’s pain and sadness was worsened recently by the actions of a group of airline passengers.

The casket of fallen airman Ssgt. Andre Taylor was en route from Phoenix to his home in Lansing, Mich., when the incident took place.

Retired airman Ken Fitzgerald told KPHO-TV that several times throughout the flight, the crew made an announcement about what would happen upon arrival.

We have a fallen soldier onboard, fallen airman, and we ask you to remain seated as we pull into the gate until he can be escorted off the aircraft first,” Fitzgerald said, repeating the announcement.

Fitzgerald said the request to remain seated was meant to show respect for the serviceman who had lost his life while serving the United States.

When the Delta Airlines flight made its landing in Lansing, the military escort for Taylor stood and began departing the plane. Instead of remaining in their seats, as asked, the majority of the passengers began removing their items from under their seats and the overhead bins and making their way to the exit.

I was just in shock,” Fitzgerald said. “I was looking at them and I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?!’”

He shot a video, which he later posted on his Facebook page.

In his post he wrote, “RIP SSgt. Andre Taylor. Pretty damn disappointed in people today.”


“I was saddened by the disrespect people had displayed on the plane that day, but now I’m just so overwhelmed by the love and support my brother and family has received because of that disrespect,” said Tiffany Dobson, Taylor’s sister. “It has really helped my family get through this hard time.”

Taylor, 28, was born in Lansing and had served as an airman in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years. He was stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

Taylor’s family stood solemnly as six members of the United States Air Force Honor Guard  respectfully removed the casket from the plane and placed it in a waiting hearse.