LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — There was a surprise honor for passengers on board a flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles on Thursday.
Delta flight 2255 to LAX had a silent hero on board — the body of a fallen U.S. Army soldier brought home to his family.READ MORE: Jerry West Insulted At Being Left Off Jeanie Buss’ Top 5 Lakers List
Travel journalist Johnny Jet was on board and captured the moment that the honor guard boarded the plane to meet the official escorts.
No one moved or made a sound, he said.
“When the pilot made the announcement, it just went silent. You could almost hear a pin drop,” Jet recalled.
“He said, ‘I just addressed the escort. It is a sworn oath to bring home to the family the fallen.’ And then he paused and he said, ‘Today you all did that. You’re all escorts. Escorts of the heart. ‘ And then he thanked us for our time and then he walked off the plane.”READ MORE: Cache Of Fireworks Worth $50,000 Seized From Santa Ana Home
At one point, water ran down the plane’s window from a firefighter’s water cannon salute.
Jet also captured the moment when the flag-draped coffin was taken off the plane and the soldier’s loved ones approached to touch it.
“When I saw her put her hand out, I just walked away. It was an amazing moment,” Jet said.
Those watching from the terminal window also took a moment to pay their respects.MORE NEWS: Bill Maher Tests Positive For COVID-19
The soldier’s identity has not yet been released.