It’s nice to smile once in a while, especially when talking about the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The challenge of an 84-year-old Army vet provides exactly that opportunity.
Lieutenant Colonel Maggie DeSanti was flying to Washington, DC on an Honor Flight. She is a former Army Nurse and Vietnam veteran who rappelled down from helicopters to treat wounded soldiers in Vietnam.
Honor Flight is a non-profit group that flies veterans to Washington, DC to see the memorials of the war(s) in which they fought. Honor Flight sponsors the flights while its volunteer take care of the vets while in the District.
While going through security at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), DeSanti challenged a TSA agent to 10 pushups. The agent agreed.
Watch the video below:
84-year-old Lt Colonel Maggie DeSanti, who served as an Army nurse during the Vietnam War, proved age is just a number—after she challenged a TSA agent to a pushup contest. https://t.co/PsoOVbNlX4 pic.twitter.com/mX6UA7tU4O
— ABC News (@ABC) October 17, 2019
“Age is but a number” is a cliche. There is some truth to it, but the human body does age in a quite predictable pattern and seeing an 84-year-old perform pushups on the ground at an airport while in full uniform is quite impressive.
Congrats to Lt. Col. DeSanti and kudos to the friendly TSA officer.
image: Honor Flight via Storyful