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Heartwarming Moment Stranger Comforts 96-Year-Old Woman Who Is Afraid of Flying

Rebelander Basilan
Aug 18, 2019
07:40 A.M.

A kind stranger helped a frightened 96-year-old woman on San Diego to Nashville flight in a random act of kindness caught on camera.


One of the passengers, Megan Schofield, was so touched by what she witnessed during the flight that she chose to write about it on Facebook.

"She kind of caught my attention because she just reminds me so much of my grandmother who I had recently lost in the fall."


"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," Megan wrote. "For her birthday she wanted to go to Kansas City to see her family but she was scared of flying."

Before take-off, the senior lady asked the man sitting next to her if she could hold his hand.

He joyfully obliged and supported her the whole flight. He even conversed with her through the turbulence they encountered.



According to Megan, when they landed, he helped the old woman off the plane and into the wheelchair. He then stayed with her until she found her daughter at the airport.

"I walked away sobbing happy tears being so thankful for people like this wonderful human," Megan wrote in the post.

"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."


Since Megan first shared the story in July, her post has been shared over 82,000 times. In an interview with TODAY, the educator explained that the elderly woman's likeness to her grandma is the thing that moved her.

"She kind of caught my attention because she just reminds me so much of my grandmother who I had recently lost in the fall," she said.



Meanwhile, the name of the kind-hearted man who helped the old woman was Ben Miller.

"It's pretty surreal," he told TODAY. "I don't even know that I necessarily appreciate it. I'm not a Facebook person myself. And so it was pretty wild."

He added, "I was traveling alone, I didn't know anybody on the plane. You certainly don't think anybody is paying attention to you. So to get a text from somebody a few days later after the flight saying, 'Hey, is this you?' It's crazy."

Netizens loved the story too and rushed to the comment section with praise.


However, the husband and father-of-one concluded that it wasn't his random act of kindness all alone that individuals are cherishing, but the way Megan formed the entire experience with her words and outlooks on Facebook.


Another random act of kindness that caught the hearts of numerous individuals was when a shopper named Carol Flynn paid $120 worth of diapers for new mother, Katie Kanefke at a local Walmart store.

Another shopper, Jason Yoshino, filmed the endearing moment. Flynn didn't know anybody was watching when she paid for diapers for a customer ahead of her.

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