Any time a country or region imposes any sort of visa stipulation - even if it’s a waiver - the travel industry sighs a collective groan, knowing the obstacles and headaches to come.
ORLANDO — A little kindness goes a long way, as one Southwest flight attendant has proven.
In April 2017 a mother boarded a Southwest Airlines flight from Orlando to Pittsburgh with her two young daughters. At some point during the flight, her youngest daughter started wailing and despite the mother’s best efforts, she just wouldn’t stop.
After a while, a flight attendant asked the mother to bring the baby to the back of the plane.
Fellow passenger Carrie Jaboor, who witnessed the interaction, told Scary Mommy: “When I saw the flight attendant ask her to step to the back, I could tell the mother (and myself) thought she was going to get in trouble.”
Instead, what Jaboor saw next melted her heart: the flight attendant started blowing bubbles for the little girl in an effort to get her to stop crying. It worked.
“I looked back and saw him blowing bubbles for the little girl until she stopped crying as he was also giving tissues to the mother and consoling her as she was crying too,” wrote Jaboor on Facebook. “There are some seriously kind people in this world.”
Her Facebook post was shared over 2,000 times and garnered hundreds of comments, many from mothers who’ve found themselves in similar situations.
Kathy West also praised Southwest, saying: “Southwest Airlines is my new favorite airline! They were all amazing and helpful when I traveled with my son whom has cerebral palsy at the beginning of March.”
Jan Peterson also wrote: “39 years ago, I had to take my one year old with me from Pittsburgh to Chicago. My had had unexpectedly passed away the night before…My daughter started crying and I was falling apart. The flight attendant pretty much held her the whole time. Never forgot her kindness.”
Flight attendant Lyze Lynch commented too on behalf of flight attendants everywhere: “Our job is hard, we work long hours, are constantly tired, and are far away from home. But I think I can speak for my Sky brothers and sisters when I say that we genuinely try to make your travels better.”