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Would You Give Up Your Premium Class Seat to a First Line Responder?

The debate pertaining to passengers who are military personnel receiving special treatment and benefits when traveling on domestic airlines — such as a complimentary upgrade to a seat in the premium class cabin or priority boarding — has been ongoing for years and leading to the question of whether they should receive these perks simply because they are military personnel

Would You Give Up Your Premium Class Seat to a First Line Responder?

…but first line responders — such as law enforcement officers and health care workers as only two of many examples — are now being called heroes these days and receiving free or discounted offers from countless companies because of all the work which they are credited with doing in terms of being on the front lines pertaining to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic.

At the time this article was written, at least 259,593 people — or slightly greater than 6.88 percent — have died of the minimum of 3,767,744 confirmed cases worldwide, according to this situation dashboard from the World Health Organization pertaining to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.


You are likely not traveling at this time because of the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic; but if you were — or are — traveling and you were seated in the premium class cabin aboard an airplane, would you give up that premium class seat to a first line responder as thanks and appreciation for their work during the past several months?

This article is the latest in a series pertaining to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus — which is also known as COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV or SARS-CoV-2 or HCoV-19 or severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 — pandemic in an effort to get the facts out with information derived from reliable sources…

…as well as attempt to maintain a reasoned and sensible ongoing discussion towards how to resolve this pandemic.

Other articles at The Gate which pertain to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus include:

Photograph ©2019 by Brian Cohen.

  1. No, not generally.

    I appreciate any proactive efforts that all people, including healthcare workers, are making in light of the crazy our country (and the world at large) is facing in light of the pandemic. But I would not be inclined to single out any one class of employee due solely to their career choice.

    My only concession would likely be in extraordinary situations where a service member, or potentially another worker, has been stationed overseas for a prolonged period and is having trouble returning home in a timely manner. My father was a beneficiary of such a gesture when he returned home in the very early 70s following his required military duty during the Vietnam conflict. My mother and I greatly appreciate the kind citizen who gave up their seat to get him home to us.

  2. Would You Give Up Your Premium Class Seat to a First Line Responder?

    No because how the hell can I really know what they really do? Start with that nonsense and you can bet that plenty of yokels will start telling you in your comfortable seat to give it up only to post on Facebook what a sucker you were.

  3. Nope. They are just workers, like anyone else.
    They are just doing their jobs.

    I don’t get why American’s have a love affair with people doing their jobs (which is ironic, because, if you are in America, you are probably prevent from doing your job right now).

  4. Never. Cops enforce liberal laws I detest so I think cops are criminals instead of heroes. A cop who arrests a salon owner for opening her business in Texas because a liberal judge ordered it is not a hero nor is one who pulls people over for not wearing a seat belt or arrests someone for possessing whatever drugs one pleases for ones own body. Cops are handsomely paid to do the dirty work of liberal politicians, judges and bureaucrats so no, I would not want to make life easier for people who enable a system I find repugnant. Being a first responder is a choice. Nurses can make 150K a year with overtime and doctors make 175-700K a year so let them pay for their own seats. Likewise, soldiers are paid generous signing bonuses and earn decent pay to blindly follow orders of a militaristic government.

    The only ones who are underpaid are EMTs and Paramedics depending on where they work.

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