At first nothing about James Parker Sheffield’s Delta Airlines flight from Washington D.C. to Atlanta last week seemed out of the ordinary. But that all changed when former president Jimmy Carter boarded the plane. Now Sheffield will remember this particular flight for the rest of his life.
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On his way to his seat towards the back of the plane, Carter, a 92-year-old Georgia native, happily shook the hands of every single passenger —Sheffield’s included. Even as a flight attendant got on the intercom and instructed everyone to fasten their seatbelts and prepare for departure, the 39th president of the United States continued to shake his fellow passengers’ hands, smiling and chatting briefly with each other the.
“What a pleasure. Thank you,” Sheffield can be heard saying to Carter in the video he posted of the charming moment on Twitter.
“It’s hard to put into words what a nice reprieve from the current political theater this moment was, Sheffield told WSB-TV’s Kimberly Richardson. “His enthusiasm was authentic and humble, in a way that made things feel less heavy for a moment.”