By / November 16, 2023

American Airlines pilot gives heartwarming farewell speech after 32 years of service bringing passengers to tears

An American Airlines pilot brought passengers to tears in a heartwarming farewell speech . Jeff Fell stood at the front…

An American Airlines pilot brought passengers to tears in a heartwarming farewell speech .

Jeff Fell stood at the front of the aircraft and said his final words after 32 tears with the company. His emotional announcement began like so many others he had given. Passengers were welcomed on board before he introduced himself and told them about their journey and the weather.

He told flyers it was unusual for him to give an the update from outside his usual home in the cockpit. Jeff said: “I normally don’t stand up in front of everybody like this, I usually just stay in the cockpit and talk on the PA. If I get a little emotional please forgive me for that.”

Passengers were oblivious to what was going to happen when he pointed out a group of “very important people” at the rear of the plane. He said: “They’re the majority of my family who have come along with me on my retirement flight. Jeff Fell stood in front of the cabin and give his final farewell.

The occasion was emotional for Jeff who had been with the company for 32 years

His voice quaked with emotion and passengers aboard applauded. In a sweet video, he said: “They’re on board with me on my retirement flight after 32 years with American. Thank you all for coming along with me tonight and celebrating this very memorable time in my life. I love all of you.”

Jeff fought back the tears and won another round of applause from his passengers and bashfully said: “I didn’t want to get emotional but goodness gracious.

Clutching a pre-written speech in his hand, he thanked one more important person in his life. And said “Finally for my wonderful wife Julie who has been at my side for the majority of my 32 years at American. She has been the rock, the solid rock in the foundation in our lives and our marriage. Her faith in the Lord, wisdom, strength and love has guided our marriage and family throughout these years. I love you and look forward to the next chapter in our lives. And welcome aboard everybody.
Footage of the captain’s pre-flight announcement went viral after telling passengers not to be “selfish and rude.” Amid his stern but humorous speech, he gave a “gift” to all the people stuck in the middle seats of the rows. He finished up by saying: “Middle seaters, I know it stinks to be in the middle . . .You own both armrests. That is my gift to you. Welcome on board our flight.”

The unnamed captain also went through everything from how to treat cabin staff to making sure people use headphones when watching things on their phones. One of the passengers, comedy writer Anna Leah Maltezos, filmed the funny yet stern speech and shared it on instagram where it racked up over 4.6 millions views.

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