A youngster has been hailed a hero after he was caught supporting a 96-year-elderly person on a four-hour plane ride from San Diego to Nashville.
The man just happened to be seated next to the elderly stranger on the cross-country flight last Monday, and he helped to calm her nerves throughout the trip. The thoughtfulness was seen by a fellow traveller onboard the Southwest flight, who took to Facebook to share the story.
Below the heartwarming picture of the lady passenger Megan Schofield wrote:
Sitting in the row next to me was a 96-year-old woman who hasn’t flown in 15 years. For her birthday she wanted to go to Kansas City to see her family but she was scared of flying. She asked for this man’s hand during takeoff and then hugged him again when experiencing turbulence. This gentleman I should say, gladly took her hand, let her hold onto him, calmed her by talking to her and explaining everything that was happening, and simply was that stranger there for her.’
Schofield proceeded to state that the man helped the lady out of her seat and watched her stroll down the aisle when she went to the bathroom. He also helped her with her carry-on luggage and assisted her off the plane at the end of the flight.
‘I walked away sobbing happy tears being so thankful for people like this wonderful human. She [the elderly woman] was so grateful… Hats off to you sir, for your kind heart and your compassion toward someone whom you’ve never met. This truly made my week’.
Schofield’s post went viral promptly and received more than 130000 likes worldwide and shared by more than 74000 people.