A MAN is gaining worldwide praise on social media, after a woman uploaded photos of him comforting an elderly lady who was scared of flying.
It’s understood the 96-year-old woman was on a flight from San Diego to Nashville when she was overcome with fear of flying and turned to the stranger next to her for comfort.
Rather than brush the elderly woman off, the man took her under his wing and looked after her throughout the whole flight.
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Photos of the heartwarming encounter have gone viral after fellow passenger Megan Ashley uploaded them to Facebook.
“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,” Ms Ashley wrote.
“She asked for this man’s hand during takeoff and then hugged him again when experiencing turbulence. 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.
“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.”
The post has received thousands of shares and hundreds of comments.
“Oh my heart. This is as precious as it gets. Thank you for taking these pictures and sharing this story. This moved me to be a better person each day,” one person commented.