Airports aren’t known for bringing out the best in people — the many lines and frequent delays usually wear down even the friendliest of folk.
From the panic of a lost stuffed animal to the tragic loss of a loved one, these five stories show a different side of air travel — one of humor, compassion, and humanity.
JetBlue flight attendant Kelly David Karas comforted the grandmother of a 20-year-old victim of the Pulse shooting in Orlando by having other passengers write condolence messages.
After presenting the letters of condolence to Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo’s grandmother, they held a moment of silence.
“As we deplaned, EVERY SINGLE PERSON STOPPED TO OFFER HER THEIR CONDOLENCES,” Karas wrote on her Facebook page. “Some just said they were sorry, some touched her hand, some hugged her, some cried with her. But every single person stopped to speak to her, and not a single person was impatient at the slower deplaning process.”
TSA officer Carl Revis keeps the security line laughing with his stand-up comedy.
“That thing?” Revis says, pointing to the body scanner at LAX. “Worse than my ex-girlfriend. She found out everything. This finds more!”
Revis acknowledges that the TSA doesn’t have the best image, but hopes to change that through his routine.
“My job is to change the hearts and minds here, one person at a time,” Revis told The Daily Breeze.
When four-year-old Phoebe Steel left her beloved stuffed dog Ra Ra in Toronto, airport officials found it and documented Ra Ra’s journey back to Steel on Facebook.
In an album entitled “RaRa’s journey through Toronto Pearson,” the stuffed dog rides through security and roots for the Toronto Blue Jays before finally returning home.
Tampa International Airport went a step further, returning a lost stuffed tiger named Hobbes to six-year-old Owen Lake with a hardbound photo book chronicling his adventures.
Courtesy Tampa International Airport
“It was very, very sweet,” the boy’s mother told Tampa International Airport. “We already told him over and over that Hobbes was on an adventure, so it was nice to get him back and show him that Hobbes really had been on an adventure.”