A random act of kindness can touch the heart of a person and resonate with many people. A man traveling by plane on a regular summer day made a heartwarming gesture that caught the eye of a flight attendant who shared his story on social media. He was willing to give up his first-class seat to a senior woman.
We’ve all seen various possible events that can unfold while traveling, and the stress can bring out the worst behaviors in people. Crowded spaces, sudden delays, and other causes of commotion trigger passengers’ patience. However, on a certain flight, a man chose to show kindness instead of frustration to help an elderly woman.
A stewardess, Laura Failner, witnessed the touching scene while on duty. She was familiar with the highs and lows of traveling by plane and how passengers’ patience is put to the test. However, the heartwarming gesture that the man made for the senior woman made an impression on her. Laura shared the story on Facebook and the post instantly went viral.
Here’s what happened…
One summer day, on a flight bound for Washington, Laura noticed a frail elderly woman seemingly lost and struggling to find her seat on the plane. “There was a bit of a confusion as to where she was supposed to be seated,” the flight attendant explained.
A man seated in the first-class cabin caught her eye when, amidst the commotion, he made a heartwarming gesture. Instead of showing annoyance due to the flight’s delay, he chose to extend a helping hand to the elderly woman. “Can you please get her and put her in my seat, and I will take hers?” he suggested to Laura. The flight attendant then delivered the news to the senior woman and took her to the first-class cabin.
The senior woman was deeply touched by this gesture, and tears started welling her eyes. “Never in my 94 years has someone done that for me. Thank you, young man,” she said gratefully. Although he was a stranger to her, she hugged him to express her gratitude for his kindness.
At that moment, Laura noticed the switch in the mood of the passengers on the flight. The man’s kind gesture inspired everyone onboard. “It was amazing how his thoughtful act changed the attitude of everyone on the flight,” Laura wrote in her post.
Pondering the incident between the man and the senior woman, Laura shared a message of kindness and hope in her post. She encouraged everyone to find opportunities to show random acts of kindness and love to anyone in their daily lives. Extending a helping hand can resonate with so many people.
“May we all look for the little things we can do to help others around us and show Christlike acts of kindness. In this crazy world, let’s all try to ‘Be the Good.’” Laura shared.
The man’s heartwarming gesture touched the hearts of people on the internet. Laura’s Facebook post has garnered 20,000 positive reactions and was shared 9,000 times. The man’s kindness meant the world to the senior woman and has inspired so many people to show kindness and pay it forward.