cwa2toa wrote:In the early 70's my mom and I were flying from LAX to JFK to London for a long girls weekend. We were flying 1st Class ex JFK on a TWA 707 and Richard Helms, who was the former head of the CIA and then ambassador to Iran, was seated behind us. The FA's were making sure he had the top flight service, and apologized to him for the caviar, which they assured him wasn't nearly as good as the Iranian caviar he was used to. Once landed, he was whisked off with a security detail and off to who knows where.
I've flown with a lot of celebrities in my younger days, but he was the only politician.
brucetiki wrote:Closest I've seen was a mate who happened to be on the same flight as former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
I was picking up my mate from the airport, and safe to say it was quite the opposite to the Hilary Clinton experience you had when she disembarked. Being at the pointy end, she was one of the first off, but there was no entourage, no special VIP exit. It was just her PA and herself, and she disembarked and went through the terminal just like any other passenger. This was roughly 12 months after she got knifed as PM, and her subsequent retirement from politics.
Ryanair01 wrote:I did create an interesting blend of secret service personnel on the ramp 'back in the day'. I wasn't paying much attention and accidentally allocated Saudia Royal Flight (the king's wives) and El Al neighboring gates. The Saudis didn't care, but the Israeli officials were somewhat threatening.
I should have been paying more attention. Luckily Saudia insisted on a jetway (the wives were somewhat elderly and not able to handle stairs) and I allocated the only spare 747 capable gate. So I couldn't have done anything different without 'insulting' El Al by moving them for the Saudi Royals, an argument El Al had no answer to. Fun and games. No wonder I changed my career direction!
CairnterriAIR wrote:I was a passenger once on a flight with President Jimmy Carter aboard....many years after he left office. At the end of the flight he disembarked first (he was seated in 1A) and stayed in the jetway greeting and shaking hands with everybody else as they left the aircraft. Very gracious and respectful man.
cedarjet wrote:I was on a BA 747 from JFK to LHR in Club World with the president of Georgia. I know it sounds odd and I’ve thought about it since and wondered if I misunderstood but when I went to the cockpit to say hello and thanks to the pilots after landing, I said to the captain about the president being onboard and he said he’d just found out, and seemed very surprised by the whole thing. There’d been a few earpiece-and-sleeve guys at the gate, and a couple of bodyguards onboard, so how the captain didn’t know until airborne or even after landing seems impossible. All I can think is that there was no paper trail for security reasons.CairnterriAIR wrote:I was a passenger once on a flight with President Jimmy Carter aboard....many years after he left office. At the end of the flight he disembarked first (he was seated in 1A) and stayed in the jetway greeting and shaking hands with everybody else as they left the aircraft. Very gracious and respectful man.
I’ve heard a few stories of Carter flying commercial and going through the whole aeroplane to shake everyone’s hand. Agreed one of America’s greatest statesmen.
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