It’s always important to remember that good people still exists in the this world and, shockingly, the internet is sending a wonderful example of this into vitality. Anyone who has had in-flight anxiety, or been around someone who experiences it, knows what a terrible ordeal flying can be when you’re alone.
Fox 5 Atlanta shared a story of a caring flight attendant who made sure his passenger was not alone as she grew increasingly fearful during a routine flight. In the image, the flight attendant is seen sitting on the floor of the aisle as he hold the hand of a crying passenger to help her complete the journey to her destination.
In a Facebook post shared by another passenger on the plane, an image of the flight attendant went completely viral as viewer clamored for Delta to give the man a raise. The post, shared by Molly Simonson Lee, says:
“Check out this gem of a flight attendant that was on our flight from CLT to JFK. This woman was so nervous about flying, so he explained every sound and bump and even sat here holding her hand when it still got to be too much for her. @delta , Floyd Dean-Shannon deserves a raise!”
A fundraiser was also created for the flight attendant who went above and beyond, and has already reached nearly 10% of its lofty $10,000 goal.
According to Lee, the flight attendant, named Floyd Dean-Shannon, managed to get the passenger emotions under control in just a matter of minutes, noting that “she was laughing with her seatmates and seemed to be fully composed after their interaction.” Lee elaborates, saying:
“With everything flight crews have to deal with and how hard they work, I thought it was incredible that he was spending so much energy to go above and beyond when he didn’t have to. To see someone being so kind and warm to a stranger, especially when there was no obligation to do anything, was really moving to me.”
So many people found this story and shared it that even Delta Airlines caught wind of it, as they gave a statement to Fox TV Stations:
“We are touched by the kindness shown by this flight attendant, working on a Delta Connection flight, and proud that this humanity is displayed by our people every day. Delta and its partners are dedicated to embodying warmth and care – the Delta Difference – to ensure our customers enjoy a premium overall experience.”
The Cleveland Clinic describes a fear of flying as being a very common ailment, one that tons of Americans suffer daily:
“Aerophobia is a fear of flying. It’s very common, affecting more than 25 million adults in the U.S. Psychotherapy can usually help people overcome their fear and fly without extreme anxiety or panic attacks.”
“Most people with aerophobia aren’t actually afraid of the plane crashing. Instead, you might fear the overwhelming anxiety that comes with being on the plane. The anticipation of flying, or thinking about flying, is often as troubling as being on the flight itself.”
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