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American Airlines brings back wings for kids

American Airlines flight attendant Keiko Inagaki hands out a pair of wings to a young passenger.
American Airlines flight attendant Keiko Inagaki hands out a pair of wings to a young passenger.

As a little kid, it was always fun to get a pair of wings from a pilot or flight attendant, particularly if it was your first flight.

On Wednesday, American Airlines reinstated the practice of giving out wings to its youngest passengers.

“Our pilots and flight attendants have worn wings for more than eight decades,” the company said, noting that the airline had not given out wings for several years. “First given as a symbol of aviation training and qualification by the U.S. military in 1913, our wings are an iconic symbol of aviation, ability and adventure.”

Crew members passed out wings about a half hour before flight 1009 and flight 2506 left Dallas/Fort Worth Airport on Wednesday morning.

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