Secret Service Agent Man

January 18, 2010

in Passenger Stories

Many years ago I was on a flight from Miami to Washington, D.C. My seatmate was an attractive man who proceeded to talk to me. In chatting, he said: “You probably can’t guess what I do.” I could not. It turns out he was a Secret Service agent. He was on the flight to guard a presidential candidate — Scoop Jackson.

This was a long time ago as you can tell — when flying was fun. He opened his jacket and showed me his shoulder holster and gun and said that under the seat in front was a 2-part gun he could assemble in minutes. I have never been around guns and thought he might be a “nut case.” He explained how the Secret Service men wear a small pin with a different color circle around it for the day and because he was a sharp-shooter he would someday guard the President.

We were ready to touch down and he jumped up (wearing his ear-piece) and rushed to the front where his partner and Mr. Jackson were seated. He gave me a card with his name on it and I have never forgotten him. I have told this story to many people and some say I made it up. I have NO IDEA why he told it to me — he probably should not have done so, but it was certainly a fun flight!!!

Another time when leaving Mexico I brought in a pinata and the pilot asked where I would keep it. I had no idea if it would fit overhead. He kindly took it into the cockpit and kept it there until I exited the plane. Yes, these were the day when flying was FUN. I fly an awful lot, but now it is more WORK than EXCITEMENT.


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

paul January 18, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Yes, I also remember the days when flying was fun.

Sadly those days are gone


Salamandra January 23, 2010 at 12:33 am

We are the bad people, lack of manners made us lose the good stuff, no more fun while flying. Miss those days. 🙁


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