Delta passenger says she was stopped from singing anthem

Delta passenger says she was stopped from singing anthem

Pamela Gaudry was on a Delta flight from Philly making its descent into Atlanta when the pilot told the passengers that the plane was carrying the body of a soldier killed in action.

Dr. Pamela Gaudry, a renowned obstetrician, says she was on a Delta flight last weekend that was carrying the remains of 29-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright from Philadelphia to Atlanta.

The body of Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, a special forces solider killed in the October 4 Niger attack, was being returned to Georgia Saturday, according to the Associated Press.

"And 100 times he said, "This is not our policy, this is not our policy" and he said, "you know we honor these boys" and I said to him, "it was a handsome honor but she told me I couldn't sing", she said. A flight attendant told her that singing "The Star Spangled Banner" would make passengers from other countries uncomfortable, she said.

"The chief flight attendant came back to my seat and she kneeled down and she said, 'It is against company policy to do what you're doing, '" Gaudry said in the video.

An announcement told passengers to remain in their seats.

After she got off the flight, Gaudry posted a video to Facebook explaining what happened on the flight. And there's a soldier onboard?' And she said, 'Yes, you can not sing the national anthem.

More than 20,000 people had shared the video and almost 800,000 had watched it as of Monday afternoon.

Gaudry said she kept quiet until she was off the plane. They are going to do some training for the future...

She said that Delta called her twice and apologized.

"I couldn't put up with that", Gaudry told the AP.

Huh? Delta has a policy about the national anthem?

Delta responded in a statement saying its employees "take great pride in Delta's longstanding support of the military" but that they do not have a policy about the anthem. "The respectful ceremony of the Delta Honor Guard is one symbol of Delta's pledge to the men and women of the armed forces", said Delta spokesman Brian Kruse.

Gaudry wanted to let people know what had happened by posting her video, which has been viewed over 1.5 miilion times.

"Delta was very reverent and let the Honor Guards do a wonderful thing to honor each and every soldier that comes home with this lovely tribute", she wrote.

Dustin Wright's family also reached out to her, Gaudry shared, and thanked her.

Wright, of Lyons, Ga., was one of four members of the U.S. Special Forces killed in the line of duty by Islamic extremists in Niger.