Former President Jimmy Carter gave his fellow airplane passengers a memorable experience last week, taking the time to shake hands with everyone on his flight from Atlanta to Washington, D.C.
Footage from the flight on Thursday shared on Twitter by James Parker Sheffield showed Carter making his way down the aisle with a smile on his face as he said hello to other travelers.
“Jimmy Carter is on my plane to DC from ATL and just shook every hand of every passenger,” he captioned the video.
Sheffield tells PEOPLE that it was “nice to have a warm and humble moment connected to politics, given the current climate.”
“It was very apparent that he enjoys interacting with people and was authentically happy to greet us,” Sheffield said. “You never expect to have a president on your commercial flight, so that in and of itself was surprising. For me personally, it meant a lot because I was headed to D.C. for Trans Lobby Day. To kickoff going to speak to my elected officials with a handshake from President Carter felt extremely patriotic.”
Carter was flying to the nation’s capital ahead of Friday’s funeral for his former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, according to ABC News.
— JamesParkerSheffield (@JayShef) June 8, 2017
Jimmy Carter shook every single hand on the plane and thanked everybody. The plane erupted it with Applause and tears it was awesome pic.twitter.com/WlIDVwDCUb
— Ginger Sanders (@Gingersandersa) June 11, 2017
Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo told PEOPLE, “For decades out of office, he has shaken hands with his fellow travelers on planes. He enjoys it, and passengers are excited to get to interact with a former president.”
On his way to President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January, Carter reportedly shook hands with everyone on the flight from Atlanta.
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) January 19, 2017
Standard Operating Procedure for Jimmy….I have been a recipient of his graciousness in such a setting…. https://t.co/NUq54UZ9M7
— Andy McDowell (@AirspaceDude) June 10, 2017
Is there a more likable human being on the planet than Jimmy Carter? How people can say being president is, like, 10th on your resume? https://t.co/2Qm94ftqWW
— David Hale (@DavidHaleESPN) June 11, 2017
What a kind and gentle man is President Jimmy Carter. What a true statesman. https://t.co/5xYxNIGNLV
— Anne Rice (@AnneRiceAuthor) June 12, 2017
I wish I was on that flight and got to shake Jimmy Carter’s hand. He put solar panels on he White House in the 1970s. Fought for mddl class
— Infantry Vet (@ericgobucks) June 11, 2017
Is there a better human anywhere?
Jimmy Carter is a National Treasure ❤️ https://t.co/WDw3G7V7uG
— (((DuneMyThang™))) (@Kris_Sacrebleu) June 11, 2017
As the most recent video went viral, Twitter users praised the former president.
“What a kind and gentle man is President Jimmy Carter,” wrote author Anne Rice. “What a true statesman.”
“Jimmy Carter is a national treasure,” said another admirer.