Airlines Urged to Put Australia’s ADF Personnel in the Fast Lane

Australia’s major airlines are being encouraged to support a new campaign to honour the service of the nation’s ADF personnel both past and present.

Queensland LNP Senator James McGrath and Chair of veterans support organisation Mates4Mates, Rick Ralph, are spearheading a move that would see serving and former defence personnel and their families given priority boarding as a standard feature on Australian airlines.

“I would like to see Australia’s major airlines contribute to and encourage this spirit of recognition, by offering current and retired ADF personnel and their families priority boarding on all domestic and international flights, and incorporating into the airlines’ cabin announcements an acknowledgement of their service to our country,” Senator McGrath said.

Mr Ralph said it was important to recognise the service and sacrifice made by our Australian Defence Force personnel and their families.

“Mates4Mates wholeheartedly supports this move and believes that this is a great Australian initiative,” Mr Ralph said.

Senator McGrath has written to the CEOs of QANTAS, Virgin Australia Airlines, Jetstar Airways, Tigerair Australia & Regional Express Airlines imploring them to get behind our servicemen and women.

“Australia has a proud record of honouring our current and retired ADF personnel. This simple gesture, to afford these men and women priority boarding, would go a long way to further encourage a culture of appreciation of the service and sacrifice our servicemen and women have made.”

Senator McGrath urged the Australian public to join him by signing his petition located at:

“If we can show these airlines that the proposal has overwhelming public support, we may be able to cause some positive change.”