People have no shortage of gripes about air travel: the lines, the delays, the lack of legroom, the passenger in front of them who insists on reclining their seat for the entire flight. So it’s refreshing to read a story about a person who made someone’s airborne dream come true.
That someone is a man named Jack, who was traveling with his family on a Virgin Atlantic flight from New York to London. Jack met fellow passenger Violet at the airport and decided to switch seats with her. This was a big deal because Violet’s allocated seat was in the back of the plane, and Jack was flying upper class (the equivalent of first-class). Oh, and Violet is age 88 and her dream had “always been to sit at the front,” according to Virgin Atlantic flight attendant Leah Amy.
Amy shared the heartwarming story on her Facebook page on Dec. 10, and it quickly went viral because, well, it just gives all the feels.
Amy writes of how Jack and his family had purchased upper-class tickets for a flight back home from New York.
“When he got on board, Jack went and found Violet in economy and swapped seats with her,” Amy writes. “He then sat on the row of seats directly next to the economy toilets and never made a peep or asked for anything the rest of the flight. No fuss, no attention, literally did it out of the kindness of his own heart, no one asked him to.”
Virgin Atlantic said they couldn’t give further details due to customer privacy, but they did confirm the details of Amy’s Facebook post to “Good Morning America.”
“You should have seen [Violet’s] face when I tucked her in her bed after supper,” Amy writes. “She said her daughter won’t believe her, and wanted a ‘selfie’ to prove it, but didn’t have a phone or an email address. These photos are getting sent in the post tomorrow, can you even cope?”
Pass the tissues!