older woman called drug addict plane

There are plenty of horror stories surrounding airline flights these days. There has been a breakdown of customer service and also civility among passengers, but there are still good people willing to show compassion in times of trouble. That’s what one man witnessed on a flight from Salt Lake City to Minneapolis.

An older woman was having trouble locating her correct seat. She was rather fidgety and had some issues with her motor skills. This led to some nasty passengers calling her a “meth head” and a “drug addict.” These are hurtful words under any circumstance, particularly so when someone is struggling.

Tom Scholzen of St. George, Utah considered going over to the woman to lend her a hand, but he was afraid his large stature might scare the upset woman. Thankfully, he didn’t need to be concerned as a kind passenger took the wheel and assisted this older woman after she had been mercilessly mocked.

He shared what he witnessed on Facebook and encouraged his friends and family to read about this kind woman. It would have been very easy to ignore the situation, but many of us are just not able to turn our backs on someone who is in need of support. We live our faith and the principles of the Golden Rule which our parents taught us – treat others the way you want to be treated. The Facebook post read:

“Traveling back and forth across the US, I’ve seen a lot of things! Today, was No different cause I witnessed something AMAZING…,” Tom began.

“Today, I was Traveling from SLC to Minneapolis, MN. As the Plane was about to leave I noticed a Flight Attendant talking with some passengers. What I gathered was that someone was in the wrong seat. A few moments later, I see an Older Woman being escorted back where I was sitting. She ended up sitting right in front of me. As she got closer, I heard other passengers comment things like “Meth Head”, “Drug Addict”, “Tweeker” [sic] etc. As this woman sat down, I could tell she was very fidgety and did not have control of certain motor skills. Her hands shook along with constant head movement. I could see she was visibly upset, confused and appeared frightened. She buckled herself in, then struggled to Open her purse. As she Opened it I noticed she had several Boarding passes. (Which told me she had other Flights). I’m sure she had looked at the wrong Boarding pass which led her to sitting in the wrong seat. She started to thumb thru them, then hands still shaking she put them over her face cause she was crying, My heart dropped, and I immediately wanted to do something to help her. I started to unbuckle my seatbelt, but had the thought that I didn’t want to scare her. After all I am a stranger in a 6’5” Frame…Thank Heavens, there was an Angel sitting across the Aisle that had seen what I had,” he continued.

“I saw her looking across at this distraught woman, then offer her some tissue! This Lady who was a complete stranger, spent the rest of the Flight comforting another stranger,” Tom shared with his Facebook friends. “She helped her to Organize her Boarding passes, listen to her, even offer to take her to her Next Flight once we landed. She could not have Treated this Lady who was having a rough day any Sweeter! Thanks to her, I was holding back the Tears all the way to Minnesota!”


Tom continued by saying that he didn’t know either of these women on the flight, but he was very encouraged by what he witnessed and that the good deed needed to be shared. “Kindness goes a long way,” he wrote. Yes, indeed, it does!

Source: Faith It

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