Former President Jimmy Carter gave his fellow airplane passengers an unforgettable memorable experience last week

By Stephanie Petit
June 12, 2017 01:25 PM

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.

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.

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.