A group of airline employees who felt that fallen heroes and veterans deserved special care when being transported to their final resting place launched a special program that’s now in place at San Diego International Airport.
The Alaska Airlines Fallen Soldier Program has added a customized patriotic cart to be used at Lindbergh Field.
The Honor Cart arrived Tuesday after traveling 1,200 miles from Seattle under escort by Patriot Guard Riders with new riders joining the ride all along the way.
“People would be honking, showing flags,” said program volunteer Jim Rea. “It was a very humbling experience.”
With plaques representing each branch of the armed service inside and out, the cart is painted blue with red carpet and American flag curtains.
Volunteers make sure a certain protocol is followed every time a fallen member of the U.S. military travels on Alaska Airlines.
They are from employees in every department.
“You don't have to be a veteran you don't have to have served your country you just need to care for the men and women who make our lives possible every day,” said program volunteer Brett Magran.
San Diego is the fifth city to receive an Alaska Airlines Honor cart. They are also in place at Los Angeles, Portland, Anchorage and Seattle airports.
Even though it’s managed by Alaska Airlines it will be available for any airline to use.