We all know and read (and some, write) the stories about the never-ending dramas that occur on airplanes. It kind of all started gaining a public eye last year with Dr. Dao and now it seems we hear of another incident that either goes viral or comes right up to such notoriety.
A Passenger Who Acted In a Way That Prevented Another Messy Airline Incident
This incident happened two weeks ago and I just saw it this week. I normally don’t write about the airline incidents that happen but I felt it was a nice balance to show an airline situation that had such a positive result.
The Story of a Mother, Her Two Small Children, and a Kind Stranger
We have incidents that are the fault of passengers and the fault of airline employees. Some of these incidents have included passengers with young children when the children are not behaving in a manner that is conducive for the plane to take off with everyone in their seats (is that diplomatic enough? :). As a father who has flown with young children, I totally understand how things can go wrong with them.
Whether it is a lack of sleep before the flight or maybe getting scared/nervous when someone is near them they don’t know or maybe they are just not acting good. Whatever the case, when a young child starts to cry or scream on an aircraft, trust me – no one is sweating more than the parent(s) that are with the child! 🙂
In some cases, those families have been removed from the airplane for a variety of given reasons and that never ends well! Well, here is the story of one passenger who acted with extreme kindness to help in a situation that could have ended like all those other stories.
You can read it from the Facebook feed below but to sum it up, a mother and her two children were boarding an American Airlines flight from Kansas City to Charlotte. Her two children, aged 4 months and 3 years old, both started having some issues at the same time – the baby because he was hungry and the 3 year old who, according to the mother, “lost her nerve” about the whole flying thing she had just been so excited about.
As it would happen, a man by the name of Todd Walker was seated near them. Instead of calling the flight attendants about the screaming child or putting on his noise-cancelling headphones for the flight, he helped with the children and eventually became seat buddies with the 3 year old. He helped her color, watched her movies with her and she was completely calm for the whole flight.
The pictures the mother posted are very cute and show the patience this man had to help the mother and children out.
And that was not all! They found out they were on the same connecting flight and Mr. Walker went up to the counter to ask to be seated next to them on the next flight! Now, the families have planned to get together and I have imagine the mother of those children was just so thankful for the kindness of Todd Walker that day.
Sure, he didn’t have to do that, but his kindness helped that little girl and her family out that day – and probably the rest of the plane as well! If that little girl had not been strapped in, we know from other airline stories that the airline flight attendants could have had them removed and that would have gotten messy. But, a little kindness helped it all out!