A passenger on a Delta Airlines flight said she was stopped from singing the national anthem aboard the plane.
The passenger, Pamela Gaudry, wanted to sing the anthem to honor a fallen soldier on a flight carrying the soldier's casket, but was told by the chief flight attendant that singing the national anthem is against Delta’s company policy.
The passengers on the flight were told to "stay quietly in our seats" as the casket was taken off the plane.
In the video, Pamela said that by not singing she did the "most uncourageous thing in [her] life today" and she was "humiliated" by her lack of courage.
Pamela said in her video that if she "instigates a spiritual and patriotic feeling in this country," she's "thrilled." (Read more: The Hill)
On Sunday, Pamela posted a long Facebook post thanking everyone for the support. She also attempted to clarify why she was so upset with Delta, who has no company policy against singing the national anthem. “I was told that we could not sing because people from other countries were ‘uncomfortable’ and ‘offended’ with this. This statement horrified me. I was told that we couldn't sing because it was against the company policy - I was told this TWICE. I sincerely wish there was a recording. You would have been horrified too. I was horrified. I made the video after leaving the plane.”
If the military believed that singing the national anthem was the honorable way to show respect for the fallen, they would have a band plane side and invited all of the passengers to stand and join in. Instead, the military chooses to honor the fallen with solemn silence which is far more poignant. Patriotic Pam was asked to be polite and sit in her seat and to show respect while the fallen soldier was removed from the flight.
People like Pam need to grasp that not everything that is meaningful and important to them - their patriotism, their religious faith, their family relationships - are suitable to impose on others in a public setting. Expressions of those things in the proper setting are wonderful - but not everywhere. I guarantee you this flight attendant was not trying to say that singing the anthem is bad because it will make some Saudi prince feel uncomfortable, she was simply trying tell Patriotic Pam that singing a song of celebration (of seeing our flag after a night of bombardment) is not appropriate in this circumstance.
This soldier made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and Patriotic Pam decided to take the focus off that sacrifice and make it a story about a mean airline not letting her make an insensitive spectacle of herself.
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