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A GOOD Travel Story! An Airline Pilot Goes The Extra Mile For A Passenger

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There's still some kindness in the world.

For most of us, traveling is a nightmare, especially when traveling by plane. For one man who was flying Southwest this week, it was a godsend.

Sources have shared this moving story of a grandfather who was trying to get to his gate at the airport so he could say goodbye to his 3-year old grandson. The poor boy was brutally body-slammed by his daughter's live-in boyfriend and the doctors were preparing to take him off life support. The story goes that this poor, grieving man struggled through the airport security, despite arriving early, with none of the TSA agents offering him assistance in making his flight. After he finally made it through security, he ran for his Southwest gate, in only his socks, hoping to make it in time to board. He was 12 minutes late.

Here's where we expected the worst for this man, but ended up remembering that there are still decent people in the world. According to the man's wife, who shared the story with sources, when her husband arrived at the gate, he was informed that the pilot knew about his loss and had held the plane for him so that he could make it to see his grandson. As the man boarded, he was greeted by the pilot, who said to him, "They can't go anywhere without me and I wasn't going anywhere without you. Now relax. We'll get you there. And again, I'm so sorry."

When asked to comment on the story, a Southwest rep said they were "proud" of their pilot and stood behind his decision.

Amazing. Just when you're sure the world has given up on compassion for others, you hear a story like that.

We send our condolences out to this poor man who lost his grandson and our thanks to to pilot who gave the man the chance to spend those precious last moments with him.

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46 comments to “A GOOD Travel Story! An Airline Pilot Goes The Extra Mile For A Passenger”

  1. 1

    wow that gave me the chills. what a great story….and good to know there are still caring people in this world. KUDOS

  2. 2

    This is what starts a "pay-it-forward" - awesome story

  3. 3

    beautiful; so sad 2 hear about the 3 yr old. Hope the perp burns in hell. Unfortunately, I see this all time @ work, just so sad, he wasn't able 2 live his life; god bless

  4. 4

    :) really sweet and yes not many people would do this now a days. very kind gesture.

  5. 5

    amazing. i was already thinking he would of got in trouble for getting behind on the plane shedule but greatful for ppl like this. glad to hear there's good ppl in the world still.

  6. 6

    Great story Perez. Thanks for putting up a positive story, we don't hear them a lot these days. Appreciated. :)

  7. 7

    He ran through the airport in just his socks? Seems kinda indecent to me, but whatever…it's 2011.

  8. 8

    Great story. But one question…how did the pilot know? Most likely, one of those TSA security guards you are knocking contacted the pilot for the people.

    I have had several TSA people help me when I was headed to a funeral. They aren't all awful people.

  9. Bren says – reply to this


    Literally brought a tear to my eye. Great story! Everyone fly SWA!

  10. 10

    Thank you for sharing this, brought tears to my eyes!

  11. 11

    Re: sNaTcHqUaTcH – are you fucking retarded?

  12. 12

    brought tears to my eyes too and I'm a puppet. someone else must have intervened here, maybe the person who checked him in.

  13. 13

    OMG I am crying as I read this beautiful story. Write more like this.

  14. 14

    This story made me cry!! beautiful, thank you for sharing!

  15. 15

    wow, amazing. that's heartwarming. sucks that his daughter's bf is a fucking douche - hope he rots in prison.

  16. 16

    i love hearing stories like these, especially when it seems like the world is full of death and violence and hate. but it's also a sad thing that such acts of kindness are so rare, they're "news." we need to step it up people. who knows what's int he afterlife, but i'd like to go off with a life full of rainbows and fairy dust. can we all try a little harder?

  17. 17

    there are usually some haters on this site.. but I am glad to see that the comment section is void of people posting ish like "how inconsiderate of him to hold up the plane for all those people" and blah blah! kudos Perez readers for finally having some class! (hope i dont speak to soon)

  18. 18

    God bless the pilot, may he have all that he wishes.

  19. 19

    what about the passenger who missed his/her connection because that flight was delayed, and he/she didn't make it to the funeral/wedding/trial/farewell? Does one passenger take priority over all?

    The little boy won't even know his grandpa is there, but I guess it means a lot to grandpa

  20. 20

    wow. its so nice to know that there are still some genuinely decent people in this world. The pilot sounds like such a good man!!

  21. 21

    Re: MsJules – It looks like you did Suzanne Browning decided to be a bitch today.

  22. 22

    Re: Chandler – The guy made his flight reservation through a travel agent and she told the airline why he was traveling. That's how the pilot knew. The TSA had fuck all to do with it.

  23. 23

    what a beautiful story…totally made me cry. Pay it forward!

  24. 24

    Re: Suzanne Browning – are you completely fucking stupid??? the 3 year old was about to die and the grandfather wanted to say goodbye since it would be THE LAST TIME HE SAW HIM….you idiot. Do the world a favor and shut the hell up.

  25. 25

    Re: sNaTcHqUaTcH – indecent? really?!?! did you read the whole story?? HIS GRANDSON. THREE YEARS OLD!, WAS ON HIS DEATH BED!!!! Ura freakin TARD!!!

  26. Stepy says – reply to this


    Yes please please PLEASE post more stories like this!!! I usually go to that happynews website to get refreshing and nice stories but im SOOO glad to see that you are putting more positive and uplifting stories on here now!

  27. 27

    How touching.. It literally made me choke up.. Common sense has taken a detour somewhere. Good to hear that this pilot had his heart in the right place. This article could just as easily have been written quite the other way around. Kudos to the pilot. No one should have to know the pain that man was in that day…
    Boo to the TSA agents who didn't take it easy on him and even gave him one iota more complications on a day when I do not know if I could have EVEN functioned, much less made it through the airport… Coherently???? Not I….

  28. 28

    Re: Suzanne Browning – you are just a miserable person. period.

  29. 29

    Re: Aamandah5 – yea truly sad isn't it? I thought maybe just maybe one article could go by without having to have some debbie downers thrash it.. guess not.

  30. 30

    nice story……post more positive

  31. 31

    We forget there is far more kindness in the world than hate.

  32. 32

    Just another reason I choose to fly Southwest….never met a rude person that works for the company. Touching story.

  33. 33

    SOUTHWEST is the only DECENT airlines left to fly. They are resaonable and don't charge stupid fees like all of the other ones. The staff is usually pretty cool and fun to interact with. I try never to fly any other than Southwest!

  34. 34

    Touching story. Thanks for sharing.

  35. 35

    Wow this story is so powerful. I was bawling at work reading this. It is so unnecessary and horrific that the little boy died at the hands of this monster and yet so amazing and beautiful for the pilot to react with such grace. Thanks Perez for sharing this.

  36. 36

    What a heart warming story, I am so glad this was posted. and I am glad MOST people on here only had nice things to say. as for Suzanne, I would have GLADLY missed my connecting flight and have to wait longer for this name to see his 3 year old grandson before he passed.

  37. 37

    Wow the comment they going anywhere without me, and I'm not going anywhere without you made be bawl!! This is a really nice story

  38. 38

    Yet another reason for me loving Southwest.

  39. 39

    I have always had wonderful treatment on Southwest. What a great story.

  40. 40

    The little boys name was Caden Rodgers, of Aurora, CO. Say a prayer for his loved one's tonight.

  41. 41

    Beautiful and touching story–brought tears to my eyes. Just when you have no more faith in humanity you read a story like this. We all need to be more compassionate to our fellow human beings.

  42. 42

    He ran thru the airport w socks bc he after he went thru security he ran to catch his flight. So sad what happened but happy the pilot waited and he was able to see his grandson for the last time.

  43. @v@ says – reply to this


    Bravo!!! Everyone on the net is standing up, and clapping.
    After reading the comments on a couple of sites, Southwest now has new converts all over America. This was an unusual circumstance, and pilots can make up 12 minutes fairly easily, but the important thing here is the kindness to this man and his family in their time of need.

  44. 44

    Well done, Southwest Pilot. You took 12 minutes out of your day and made that man's life. We should all remember that. A few minutes or a small kind act on our part can mean all the difference in the world to someone else.

  45. 45

    You can read this story on the ABC news website. The man's name is Mark Dickinson of
    Arizona. The security people and other people in line at security wouldn't let him jump the line to make the flight. He called his wife who called Southwest customer service to hold the plane. Southwest hasn't released the name of the pilot until they can get his permission to do so.
    Boo to security - hooray to Southwest!

  46. 46