Stranger Buys $750 Plane Ticket For Distraught Dad’s 2-Year-Old Daughter

January 18, 2019 Updated: February 27, 2019

When a father in Omaha, Nebraska, purchased a single plane ticket for himself and his daughter, one January, his daughter was still just 1 year old.

Yet, by the time their trip rolled around, his daughter had just turned 2. So, when they arrived at the ticket counter to check in for the flight, the desk attendant had some unfortunate news for them: now that the young girl had turned 2, she would need a ticket of her own.

A good Samaritan standing by witnessed the incident, though, and made sure the pair weren’t stranded without a way to get on the plane.

This happened right in front of me this morning and This woman needs to be commended. The gentlemen standing behind her…

Posted by Kevin Leslie on Wednesday, 8 March 2017

The lap infant system on airlines in the United States dictates that children under the age of 2 don’t need their own paid-for ticket to fly. They’re allowed to sit in their parent’s lap during the flight, making it affordable for families with young children to travel.

Once a child turns 2, though, they need a ticket of their own.

It would have been expensive, even at the time of the ticket purchases, but it was even worse just moments from boarding at the gate. Frantic, the father wracked his brain, trying to figure out where he’d get the $749 needed to make sure they would be able to board their flight.

Illustration – Flickr | Ryaninc

The poor dad seemed near tears when a woman approached him and, after quietly discussing his situation, stepped up to the ticket counter.

A fellow flight passenger, Kevin Leslie, overheard the exchange and later relayed it on a Facebook post:

She pointed back at his daughter and said, ‘I wanna buy her ticket.’

The agent said, ‘You know how much this ticket costs right?’ 

The woman responded, ‘$700-something?’

‘$749,’ the agent said. The woman said, ‘that’s fine,’ and pulled out her credit card.

Illustration – Shutterstock | Awasada Kalayanamit

Afterwards, her good deed did not go unnoticed. Soon, the post had gone viral, and her workplace took notice and decided that she ought to be recognized.

It was later discovered that the woman’s name is Debbie Bolton, who serves as co-founder and global chief sales officer at Norwex, a company that makes reusable microfiber cleaning cloths.

Posted by Debbie Bolton on Thursday, 25 August 2016

Her employees were quick to praise her as the kind of person who does this whenever she can.

“We need more Debbie Boltons in this world,” one of them said.