Sometimes People Do the Right Thing

A story from Yahoo that is very sad, but at least leaves you with hope for humanity.

Recently, a grandfather was trying to make it to Denver to say goodbye to his grandson before they took him off life support. Security delays were going to cause him to miss his connection, and no amount of pleading would make the TSA agent fast track him through. Once he made it through security, finally, he ran in his socks to the gate, even though his plane was supposed to have taken off several minutes ago. When he reached the gate, the pilot and gate agent were waiting for him.

“Are you Mark? We held the plane for you and we’re so sorry about the loss of your grandson,” the pilot reportedly said. “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.”

The flight ended up departing 12 minutes late. I’m sure there was a little grumbling, but 12 minutes isn’t really that late in the grand scheme of things. I hope no one missed a flight due to this, but you know what? I think it would have been worth it. I would gladly have missed a connection to allow this man a chance to say goodbye to his grandson. And it’s incredibly touching that this pilot made it possible for him.

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