CHICAGO - Seven first class passengers reportedly gave up their seats for Marines on Monday at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
An American Airlines manager first learned that 13 Marines were making a five-day trip home from Afghanistan that evening, according to ABC News.
They were passing through Chicago and headed for San Diego, the report said. Fire trucks sprayed arches of water over the arriving plane as it was taxied.
American Airlines upgrades military personnel if seats are available, according to the airline manager.
This time, there were six seats open, so the manager got on the PA system and said she hoped others would help welcome the Marines.
Seven passengers then gave up their seats, ABC News reported.
The manager said the Marines were "greeted in style and escorted in style."