Honor Flight participants already receive rousing applause and thanks at every airport they travel through, but with a new law passed by Congress and signed by the president, they will soon get the same treatment when they go through security.
The Honor Flight Act, approved earlier this year, mandates that all American airports create separate processes for veterans to go through security.
"The airport screening process should never be a barrier for a veteran going on an Honor Flight, and now with the passage of this piece of legislation, it never will be again,” said U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, who helped secure the law’s passage.
Honor Flights will have special security screening lines to ensure easier experiences for veterans, many of whom may not have been on a commercial flight in years, traveling to see their monuments in Washington, D.C.
"We are going to get you through that screening line just as we do the biggest celebrities or politicians, or public officials and we're going to give you that respect” said U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, the soon-to-be-ranking member on the Veterans Affairs Committee. “You deserve it. You've earned it and we're going to honor you and we're going to trust you."