Megan Schofield was on a flight from San Diego, California to Nashville, Tennessee, when she witnessed the sweetest moment unfold in the row next to her.
As the woman revealed on social media, a young man was seen holding the hand of a worried elderly woman, who he never met before that day.
Schofield took to Facebook to share photos of the touching exchange.
She then wrote:
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.
As Schofield continued, because the woman was nervous, she asked the young man next to her for his hand as they prepared for take-off.
The elderly woman was later seen hugging the man when the flight hit turbulence. And as Schofield explained, the man didn’t seem to mind at all:
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.
Schofield said the man’s kindness left her “sobbing happy tears”:
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.
As the woman told KGTV, the man in the photo, named Ben, had since been in contact with her. He said he was humbled that his simple act of kindness touched so many people.
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…
Schofield’s post has been shared over 72,000 times:
“Sometimes we’re just so caught up in the hustle and bustle that we don’t always see who needs help.”
Schofield said she told Ben that she “would want somebody to treat my grandmother the way you treated her.”
How sweet is this?