Ask any mom who has traveled with an infant on a plane and most may tell you how challenging it has been. With diapers to lug around, comforting the baby when it’s crying … you may even worry if any nearby passengers are feeling irritated. Regardless, things aren’t always how they seem, for there are kind, understanding folks everywhere.
These are the ones who restore our faith in humanity again and again and again.
Coming across ill children at the Orlando airport is a common sight because of trips granted through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
When Jason Kunselman, an engineer from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, saw a young mother with her 11-month-old child, he assumed that the two would be taking a front seat due to all the equipment.
Kelsey Zwick and her daughter were waiting for their flight to Philadelphia. Zwick’s baby had to be taken to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as she was suffering from a chronic lung disease. It was the result of a complication during pregnancy.
To the man in 2D. Today you were traveling from Orlando to Philly. I don’t know you, but I imagine you saw us somewhere….
When Kunselman saw that the mother was not in the front seat, he told the flight attendant to check with her if she would be willing to exchange seats so that she would be more comfortable.
When Zwick walked down the aisle to switch seats, Kunselman could see that her eyes were filled with tears of gratitude. It’s not every day that you come across a stranger willing to swap their luxurious and expensive first-class seat for an ordinary economy seat. Talk about a class act!
According to the York Daily Record, Kunselman, who recalled the interaction, said it was really touching.
“She said, ‘thank you.’ I said, ‘you’re welcome.’” Kunselman didn’t think it was a big deal until Zwick poured her feelings out on Facebook.
Zwick wrote: “To the man in 2D. Today you were traveling from Orlando to Philly. I don’t know you, but I imagine you saw us somewhere. I was pushing a stroller, had a diaper bag on my arm and also lugging an oxygen machine for my daughter.”
She further shared: “Not able to hold back tears, I cried my way up the aisle while my daughter Lucy laughed! She felt it in her bones too … real, pure, goodness. I smiled and thanked you as we switched but didn’t get to thank you properly.”
After the post went viral with over 400,000 shares, American Airlines decided to connect the two passengers.
According to the MailOnline, a spokesperson said: “We truly appreciate the kindness of the gentleman in 2D. We were able to connect the two of them together, and our team is reaching out to him as well to extend our thanks for the kind gesture. In the words of Kelsey, we also want to pay it forward with our thanks and appreciation.”
Zwick also adds that she can’t wait to tell Lucy about it someday. Her family feels truly inspired by his generosity and they will pay it forward. Kunselman got in touch with Zwick on Facebook and told her that he saw what she’d written. He also said that he hopes to meet her in the coming weeks.
Zwick hopes that her story will inspire others to do good as you never know what people are going through. Kunselman did what he felt was the right thing to do and hopes that his action encourages others to follow suit.
Incidents like these show how hungry the world is for kindness. What we’ve seen here is an act of true compassion, with one person truly putting another person’s needs first, and thus making a selfless sacrifice.
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