Passenger comforts 96-year-old woman who was 'scared of flying' by herself for first time in 15 years

Passenger comforts 96-year-old woman who was 'scared of flying' by herself for first time in 15 years

A Facebook post has gone viral this week, after a young man on a plane was pictured comforting a fellow passenger who was scared of flying for the very first time.

Nearby passenger Megan Ashley spotted the anonymous good Samaritan holding the hand of an anxious 96-year-old woman on a Southwest Airlines flight from San Diego to Nashville last month. The young man did not know the nonagenarian, but still took the time to make her feel at ease on her first-ever plane journey, while on her way to Kansas City for her birthday to visit her family

Touched by the kind act, Ashley took a few pictures of the good deed and later uploaded them to Facebook. She captioned the pics:

"She asked for this man’s hand during takeoff and then hugged him again when experiencing turbulence. This gentleman I should say, gladly took her hand, let her hold onto him, calmed her by talking to her and explaining everything that was happening, and simply was that stranger there for her.

"He knew just what to do the entire flight to help. He helped her stand up to go to the restroom and watched her carefully walk down the aisle ... He held her bag, helped her get off the plane and into the wheelchair, and when she got confused wondering where her daughter went (she called her her sister), he stayed with her until she caught up with her daughter who got separated from her."

She added: "I walked away sobbing happy tears being so thankful for people like this wonderful human. She was so grateful that she wanted him to have her flight pretzels. 😇 Hats off to you sir, for your kind heart and your compassion toward someone whom you’ve never met. I have never been so touched on a flight before. This truly made my week. [sic]"

This story really does restore my faith in humanity. It's amazing to know that there are still kind and generous people out there, who ask for nothing in return.

Then again, not everybody you're going to share a plane with is so considerate. Such as this passenger who was filmed controlling their entertainment screen with their feet: