Watch Former President Jimmy Carter Shake Hands With Every Passenger On His Recent Flight

A simple way to spread joy.

Plane travel can be a stressful, unpleasant experience in a lot of ways, and certain recent airline stories don't exactly make things any better. However, passengers on a recent flight from Atlanta to Washington, D.C., seemed to have a pretty positive plane experience, all thanks to former President Jimmy Carter.

For a few minutes before the plane took off on Thursday, Carter, now 92, shook hands with every passenger on the flight. He wore a smile on his face and a bolo tie around his neck. 

It's become something of a tradition for the former president, as many people on social media have documented. He recently did the same thing in January on his way to Donald Trump's inauguration.

Atlanta native James Parker Sheffield recorded the friendly moment and shared it on Twitter, where it has received more than 12,000 retweets as of this writing.


Sheffield, who was on his way to D.C. for Transgender Lobby Day at Capitol Hill, told WSB-TV, "It's hard to put into words what a nice reprieve from the current political theater this moment was," adding, "His enthusiasm was authentic and humble, in a way that made things feel less heavy for a moment." 

Sheffield can be heard on the video telling Carter, "What a pleasure. Thank you."

Many on social media reacted positively to the video, praising Carter for his kind gesture and the humility he continues to show decades after leaving office.

(H/T: Huffington Post)

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