Young man gives up first class seat to an elderly woman after hearing her story

Wonderful gesture by the young man. The respect and kindness he showed toward this octogenarian should inspire us all to do something wonderful for our elders.


88-year-old Violet, a retired nurse, was getting back home to UK after visiting her daughter in New York. Before boarding the plane, she got a chance to have a quick chat with a young man named Jack who was also flying home.

During their conversation, Violet mentioned how she never traveled first class although she always dreamed of being able to. She, however, couldn’t afford it.

As it turned out, Jack’s entire family was traveling first class that day, so he came up with this brilliant idea of fulfilling Violet’s dream by giving up his seat to her. He, however, didn’t tell her that until they boarded the plane.

Once on board, the Virgin Atlantic flight attendant Leah Any approached Violet and told her to switch her seat so that she could travel in style, just like she always wanted.

As she found this gesture extremely touching and thoughtful, Leah asked if she could snap a photo of the two friends and post it online. Both Jack and Violet were happy to pose together.

“Of the hundreds of flights I’ve operated, I’ve had the pleasure of looking after footballers, supermodels and some Hollywood movie stars but let me tell you about my two favorite passengers EVER!

“Jack and Violet (I wish she was called Vera or Rose). Jack and his family purchased seats In our upper class cabin for a flight home from New York, but when he got onboard, Jack went and found violet in economy and swapped seats with her.

“He then sat on the row of seats directly next to the economy toilets and never made a peep or asked for anything the rest of the flight. No fuss, no attention, literally did it out of the kindness of his own heart, no one asked him too [sic].

“Violet is 88 years old, has been a nurse in both the UK and over in America. She travels to New York to see her daughter, but hasn’t been able to for a while because of a knee replacement. Her dream has always been to sit at the front, and Jack made that come true.

“You should of [sic] seen her face, when I tucked her in her bed after supper. She said her daughter won’t believe her, and wanted a ‘selfie’ to prove it, but didn’t have a phone or an email address. These photos are getting sent in the post tomorrow, can you even cope.”

The smile on Violet’s face made our day. This story is just another proof that humanity is alive. If you enjoyed it as much as we did don’t forget to share it with your loved ones.