For young children, flying on an airplane can be a daunting experience, especially when turbulence begins to hit. On a Southwest Airlines flight, for example, one employee noticed a 9 year old girl named Gabby, struggling during their flight. She had extreme anxiety in addition to being a type 1 diabetic, which made the plane ride difficult.
The employee, Garrick, decided to take a break from his work just so he could calm her down on the flight. He sat with her for much of the trip and actually went above and beyond to make her flying experience comfortable.
It’s so refreshing to see people who actually care so much. Just wait until you hear the full story below!
“This is Garrick, an employee of yours working flight 1264 flying from Orlando to Newark on Friday, July 8th and holding his arm is my 9 year old daughter, Gabby, a type 1 diabetic with severe flying anxiety.”
“Upon take off he noticed she was struggling. 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 bitof turbulence. Gabby began having a complete panic attack on descent.”
“He came up to the front and asked if she would like for him to sit next to her in the empty seat. I was flying without my husband with two other smaller children and couldn’t leave my row, in the photo she is holding my hand from across the aisle.”
“She happily accepted his offer. He suggested they talk to distract her from thinking about the landing so they talked for around 30 minutes about everything from his daughter who is the same age to her pets to what grade she is going into.”
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. He of course agreed.”
“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.”
It warms my heart to hear stories of employees going above and beyond their job description to help others. I’m sure the next time Gabby boards a flight, she’ll feel much safer and more comfortable thanks to this flight attendant’s kindness and support.
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