Flight attendant comforts 9-year-old girl during panic attack

"During extremely rough turbulence she began crying and grabbed his arm, he gently told her she could hang on as long as she needed to."


With her Three children, Erika Jeorgean Swart got on board the plane, after they took off into the air, the reaction from her 9-year-old daughter completely took her by surprise! Gabby became super anxious about going from Orlando to Newark, it really did confuse her mom. Before this, as a little girl, she had flown, so Erika was really shocked when her daughter suddenly got a real fear of flying all of a sudden!

Gabby was finding it difficult during the whole flight and mom was able to see the panic and stress in her daughter’s eyes. Gabby, who happens to be a Type-1 diabetic, was really trying to stay calm, but it really was not working in the least bit. As well as that though it was making her blood sugar levels take a dive!

Erika thought that her daughter wasn’t really disturbing other passengers, however, all of a sudden a flight attendant showed up all of a sudden and gave Gabby an “extraordinary drink” to keep her calm. In any case, staying silent was not Erika’s thing, and the mother promptly took social media after seeing what the guy had done for her little girl.

Her husband wasn’t together with her on this flight, she really had a hard time making an attempt to create certain all 3 of her youngsters behaved themselves. Then again an attendant called Garrick decided by himself to help out. Mom then decided to write an even bigger post on Southwest Airline’s Facebook page to allow them to recognize what one of their flight attendants was up to:

“This is Garrick, an employee of yours working flight 1264 flying from Orlando to Newark…”

She also took a pic of the guy, that the big bosses at Southwest could easily identify him. Instead though, rather than firing him for being awful, Erika really praised him for the super sweet things he had done!

“Throughout the flight, he tried making her laugh and bringing her special drinks. As we were getting closer weather was rough and there was a bit of turbulence. Gabby began having a complete panic attack on the descent.”

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Garrick could tell that Gabby was struggling to stay brave and composed, so he paid extra special attention to her. He even asked if it was okay if he could sit in the empty seat next to her!

“During extremely rough turbulence she began crying and grabbed his arm, he gently told her she could hang on as long as she needed to.”

“Just after this due to the extreme stress she was under her blood sugars began dangerously crashing.”

“He got up from his seat to get her an orange juice and came right back to sit with her. She asked again if she could continue to hold his arm while the plane was landing.”

As the plane began its decent Garrick distracted Gabby, he cleverly talked to her about fun stuff. For about half an hour the caring father in him, who also has a daughter about her age, chatted to the little girl about school and pets!

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This Guy knew just what he needed to do, by the time the plane touched down, Gabby was calm and asleep!

“Once on the ground while taxiing to the gate he came on the intercom and announced that his friend, Gabby, in the front row overcame her fears of flying and asked for a round of applause.”

“The whole plane clapped for her. It was a wonderful experience on Southwest. We are forever grateful to have met such a beautiful, selfless soul.”

William from Southwest said that flights can be really scary for some people and that their flight crew really care about the people that travel with them.

They said:

“It warms our Heart to see such kindness and carrying from one of our amazing Flight Attendants, and we can’t even tell you how proud we are of your daughter for getting through the flight.”

The flight attendant will really get the rewards and recognition he well deserves, how awesome!

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