Article originally published on WorthSharingIt.
Inspirational | March 13 2017
One father gets caught up at the airport. Although he’d bought a ticket for himself to fly, he hadn’t realized that his daughter would also need one by that point. This is what happened.
A man – whose identity has been kept anonymous – was recently checking in for a flight at the airport with his young daughter. She was, at the time, two years old.
The flight agent who was helping him paused, then asked how old his daughter was.
He said she’d recently turned two.
The agent responded by then asking for her ticket as well.
The man paused, then said he’d thought she could ride for free because she was still under the age limit. He’d booked the tickets several months ago with that thought in mind.
It was then that the flight attendant had to tell him, gently, because his daughter was two, she had to have her own ticket.
As it turned out, the man’s daughter had still been just one year old when he bought the tickets. He’d forgotten that she would be turning two in the months between his purchasing the tickets and the actual flight.
Bystanders could tell that the man was overwhelmed with emotion. He had no idea what to do.
He told the flight agent, beseechingly, that he didn’t have the money to rebook his own flight before purchasing both of them new tickets, nor the money to buy his daughter a ticket on the spot.
But the flight agent was firm. The father had no choice but to step out of line with his daughter before making frantic calls. After a few minutes, it was clear he had lost hope. He was hugging his daughter and grabbing his own head in shame.
Then, a woman walked up to him. She was being helped at a neighboring counter at the same time as he was speaking to the flight agent, and she couldn’t help but overhear their conversation.
She asked him again, to confirm, what was wrong. He explained, and then the two walked up to the counter together.
She said to the flight agent, “I want to buy her ticket.” She pointed to the man’s daughter.
The agent replied, skeptically, “You know how much this ticket costs, right?”
“$749,” the agent confirmed.
The woman nodded. “That’s fine.” Then she handed over her credit card.
At that point, more people around had begun to notice what was happening and each of them commended the woman for her kindness as they passed.
The father was hugging the woman, asking for her name so he could pay her back, but she declined. “Don’t worry about it.” She knew that she wanted to help the man and his daughter, regardless the cost.