Even the most patient person can become frazzled with the hassles of airline travel. It seems as if the worst part of any vacation is actually getting to your destination. Long airport security queues, crying babies, and delayed flights only adds to everyone’s overall frustration level.
While no one wants to get stuck sitting next to an intoxicated or belligerent individual, thankfully these are usually the folks that are the first to get kicked off a busy flight. If you’re neither of these, then you might think you’re safe from getting the boot.
But, sometimes the person that a flight attendant chooses to harass is the last person you’d expect. In fact, fashion and lifestyle blogger Mackenzie Murphy was shocked by who the flight crew picked on during a recent flight.
Here is what she witnessed firsthand:
A mom of twins was traveling alone with her babies when life threw her an enormous curveball…
Let’s face it, people can and will get really annoyed when someone else’s baby starts crying on an airplane. So, it’s no surprise to learn that when a mother with newborn twins was about to get kicked off a plane, no one came to her aid. A quiet and peaceful flight probably sounded like a much better alternative than helping someone in need.
At first, Mackenzie was saddened by the situation that was unfolding just a couple of rows away.
“Yesterday, this woman on my flight had twin babies, probably under 6 months, not so sure of the age. It was a very packed flight so they started taking carry on luggage to store under the plane. A gate worker took this woman’s car seat, meaning she would now have to hold both babies since they weren’t old enough to sit up on their own in a seat.”
As soon as the mother sat down, the flight attendant told the woman that she wasn’t allowed to hold on to both babies – it would be a safety hazard. It appears that the mother’s original intention was for one of her twins to sit in the car seat next to her, which airlines will allow if there are open seats on the flight.
Since the flight was fully packed, this poor mom was told that she would have to leave.
However, it didn’t take long for Mackenzie’s faith in humanity to be restored. A complete stranger spoke up, and came to this mother’s rescue.
“A mother sitting in front of me, with permission from the other mother, volunteered to hold one of her babies for the entire flight. Keep in mind this was a flight that was supposed to be a quick 45 minutes. We ended up sitting on the tarmac for 2 1/2 hours! Without a complaint this woman fed the other woman’s baby, burped him.”
Incredibly, the stranger also fed the other woman’s baby, and burped him too. Way to go, surrogate mom!
However, the surrogate mom actually had a daughter of her own that was sitting in the seat next to her. Understandably, the little girl was jealous of the new kid sitting in her mommy’s lap, who was now getting all the attention.
“Her own daughter started crying. This mom, so calmly, went on to explain to her young daughter that “our job is to help other people. This mom is all by herself with no help, and really needs another mom to help.” She then went on to hold him, sing him songs, and then he slept the entire flight without even a cry.”
This is such a heartwarming story! It was so selfless and caring for the stranger to step in and offer to help. Not only that, but she also taught her own young daughter a lesson in humanity.
The moral of this story is a simple one, but one that we sometimes tend to forget – when you see someone that needs help, do the right thing and help them!