Paratrooper & the Child

As a crowded airliner is about to take off, the peace is shattered by a 5-year-old boy who picks that moment to throw a wild temper tantrum. No matter what his frustrated, embarrassed mother does to try to calm him down, the boy continues to scream furiously and kick the seats around him.

Suddenly, from the rear of the plane, an elderly man in the uniform of a U.S. Army Paratrooper is seen slowly walking forward up the aisle. Stopping the flustered mother with an upraised hand, the rugged looking, courtly, soft-spoken soldier leans down and, motioning toward his chest, whispers something into the boy's ear.

Instantly, the boy calms down, gently takes his mother's hand, and quietly fastens his seat belt. All the other passengers burst into spontaneous applause.

As the Paratrooper slowly makes his way back to his seat, one of the cabin attendants touches his sleeve. "Excuse me, Sergeant," she asks quietly, "but could I ask you what magic words you used on that little boy?"

The Paratrooper smiles serenely and gently confides, "I showed him my master jump wings, service ribbons, and explained that they entitle me to throw one passenger out the plane door on any flight I choose."

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