Delta employees take immense pride in the company's longstanding support of the U.S. military. Accordingly, when a recent flight from Philadelphia to Atlanta carried the remains of a fallen soldier, the aircraft was met by the Delta Honor Guard, employee volunteers who pay respects to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
After the flight deplaned, a customer posted a video on social media saying while still on board she had attempted to organize the cabin in singing the National Anthem in conjunction with Delta's Honor Guard ceremony.
Delta has contacted the customer to discuss the matter.
Delta has no policy regarding the singing of the anthem. However, airline and regulatory policies restrict customer movement within the aircraft in the interest of safety. The safety of customers and employees is Delta's top priority.
The respectful ceremonies of the Honor Guard reflect Delta's pledge to the men and women of the armed forces.Those who fly Delta with regularity may have been asked by the captain, upon landing, to remain in their seats for a brief period at the gate. Below wing, a somber and dignified ceremony takes place as members of the Honor Guard escort the flag-draped remains off the aircraft and on the way to his or her final resting place.
Delta's commitment to the armed forces resonates so strongly within the company's culture in part because so many Delta people have served themselves. About 3,000 Delta employees are members of the U.S. Armed Forces and about 10,000 veterans are employed at Delta.