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Sgt. John W. Perry's Family Booed While Flying to Get His Remains

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The family of Sgt. John W. Perry (left), a soldier who died last week in Afghanistan, said they were booed by fellow passengers while traveling to retrieve his remains. (Left-AP Photo/Department of Defense; Right-Screengrab)

By    |   Monday, 21 Nov 2016 02:05 PM

The family of Sgt. John W. Perry, a soldier who died last week in Afghanistan, said they were booed by other passengers while flying to get his remains from Dover Air Force Base.

Perry’s father Stewart Perry told reporters that he, his wife, Kathy, and his daughter flew from Sacramento to Philadelphia on Monday, with a brief transfer in Phoenix, Arizona. The landing in Phoenix was delayed by 45 minutes and the crew became worried that the Perrys would miss their connecting flight, according to the Stockton Record.

Trying to help the military family, the captain of the plane made an announcement for the other passengers to remain seated so that a “special military family” could exit first. That’s when the boos started, Perry said.

“Some people were saying ‘This is just baloney’ and ‘I paid for first class for this?’” the Stockton Record reported Perry as saying.

The Perrys made the connecting flight. The Phoenix pilot waited 40 minutes at the gate to make sure they got on board. Perry praised American Airlines for its help and accommodation, the Record reported.

He did not have nice words for his fellow passengers, however.

“It was just disgusting behavior from people in first class. It was terrible to see,” Perry told the Record.

Fox News reported that the booing was “upsetting” and made the Perrys “cry some more.”

Sgt. Perry was one of four people killed trying to stop a suicide bomber at Bagram Airfield on Nov. 12. Perry was able to stop the bomber before he reached his target, his father told CBS Sacramento, and may have saved many lives. He will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.

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