Stranger comforts, befriends 96-year-old woman during her first flight in 15 years

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A 96-year-old woman is shown holding hands with a stranger sitting next to her on her first flight in 15 years. (Photo credit: Megan Ashley via Facebook)

A complete stranger became a source of comfort for a 96-year-old woman who was apprehensive about her first flight in 15 years.

Megan Ashley, who witnessed the interaction between the woman and kind stranger, shared photos on her Facebook page.

On July 29, Ashley said she was flying from San Diego to Nashville when she overheard the sweet encounter.

Her post read:

“On my flight from San Diego to Nashville today, sitting in the row next to me was a 96 year old woman who hasn’t flown in 15 years. For her birthday she wanted to go to Kansas City to see her family but she was scared of flying. 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.

It made me smile the whole flight as he comforted her. This man was her flight angel. 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. 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.”

Photo credit: Megan Ashley via Facebook

It’s nice to know there are people as caring and compassionate as that out there, who will go out their way to comfort those in need. Well done, that lad!