Simple gestures of kindness carry a profound ability to lift the human spirit.
Flyertalk member JV Photo, who I know is a trustworthy source, penned a thread entitled, A United FA Made Me Cry (In a Good Way).
It was a simple act. On the 319 I was in row 2 and an elderly (wheel chair on/off-load) woman made her way to the forward lav. She spent a good 3-4 seconds at each row steadying hands on the seat backs (coming from around Row 10). As I realized what was happening before and before I would have walked her up with my arm she was already making her way past row 1.
A few minutes later I look up and see the F FA doing a 1/4 squat while she walked and the woman was behind her hands on each shoulder steadying herself as she walked back to her seat.
Maybe it was the time of year, the amazing week I had heli-skiing in Canada or maybe the thought that neither of my two living grandparents would ever be able to travel alone. Thankfully I had my sunglasses to put on as I started to get a bit misty eyed.
There are a lot of people out there and even a simple gesture goes a long way.
What a touching display of humanity and a beautiful act of compassion during this Christmas season. I salute that United FA and hope that s/he is properly recognized for providing such good service. This should be the norm, not the exception, but it merits a mention as a selfless act that goes beyond the contractual scope of FA duties.
Doesn’t this story make you want to help someone today?