Airline designs new container for fallen soldiers
MIAMI (WSVN) -- American Airlines unveiled a new container used to transport the bodies of our fallen men and women who served our country.
Soldiers such as 22-year-old Roger Suarez, who died in Iraq in December, is one of dozens whose remains are transported through Miami International Airport every year. The soldiers caskets are usually transported in a regular container, but American Airlines has introduced a new container that will only be used for fallen soldiers. "I think to have it done in a dignified manner, as opposed to moving it like cargo, means a lot to folks," said George Hazy of American Airlines.
A number of federal agencies along with American Airlines took part in the new change. "It was basically a joint effort between American Airlines, the airport authority, as well as Miami-Dade Police," said Hazy.
The new 4-foot high by 8-foot long container has an American flag along with decals of the five military branches: Air force, Coast Guard, Navy, Marine Corps and Army. The handful of workers from the airline, who put it together, say it was an honor to take part in the project. "It's the least we could have done for them," said Manuel Ocasio.
Miami is one of five U.S. cities that use this type of container. American Airlines says it will let any air carrier use it to transport fallen soldiers.
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