As we all know, most major airlines allow children under the age of two to fly for free on domestic flights if they sit on their parent’s lap. Some are even willing to let the child sit in his/her own seat if the plane isn’t at full capacity.
Aware of this common rule, one young father decided to book just one ticket for him and his one-year-old daughter. It seemed like the sensible decision at the time for the hard-working dad on a budget.
However, there was one little glitch that the man didn’t take into account when he purchased the ticket, and it ended up leaving him broken down and helpless in the middle of a busy airport. But thankfully, God planted an angel in disguise to help this devastated dad just when he needed it most.
In a Love What Matters original story, an eye witness details the touching encounter that has spread like wildfire across the web:
“This woman needs to be commended. A gentleman was checking in for his flight when the agent asked how old his daughter was. He said she had recently turned two. The agent then asked if she had a ticket. The man was confused because he was under the impression she could ride for free. (When he booked the ticket, she was one but her birthday was in January.) He was hit with emotion. He mentioned he couldn’t afford to rebook this flight or get her the ticket with such short notice. He stepped aside and tried to make a few calls. Hugging his daughter and grabbing his head, you could tell he was heartbroken. This woman next to him at the front counter heard the whole thing. She walked over to him and asked what was wrong. After they talked for a bit they walked up to the counter together.
She pointed back at his daughter and said,
‘I wanna buy her ticket.’
The agent said, ‘You know how much this ticket costs right?’
The woman responded, ‘$700 something?’
‘$749,’ the agent said.
The woman said ‘that’s fine’ and pulled out her credit card. I was right there and I just said to her, ‘God Bless You!’ and they printed out the ticket. The agent kept talking about her goosebumps while the man hugged the woman and asked for her name to repay her. The woman just kept saying, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ She knew she wanted to help that man and his daughter no matter what the cost. Please share this story because people like this need to be recognized.”