Traveling with a toddler can be a trying experience. Traveling with a toddler, by yourself, while pregnant? Even more daunting. But a passenger who attempted this feat last week was lucky enough to win the seatmate jackpot.
Monica Nelson, who is pregnant, was trying to calm her fussy 20-month-old son, Luke, during a Southwest Airlines flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta. To her surprise, the man seated next to her offered to help by carrying Luke up and down the aisle, soothing him to sleep.
"It was such a relief because I was a little worried traveling with him without my husband there to help out," Nelson tells TODAY Parents. "I'm still very grateful—he was so kind."
The incident has since gone viral thanks to a snapshot captured by another passenger, Andrea Byrd, who shared the photo on Facebook.
“On my flight back to Georgia I saw this man—who was a stranger to this woman—offer to help her because she was pregnant and alone on the flight and her son was upset and fussy,” Byrd captions the photo. “He did not complain; he just told her that he was a dad and wanted to help her so she could rest. This man walked the aisle most of the flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta comforting this woman’s son as if he were his own...I was in tears.”
While we’ve seen a similar act of in-flight kindness before, the previous Good Samaritan was a flight attendant. The fact that a stranger swooped in, unprompted, to save the day? It makes a refreshing case against the need for those airplane goody bags, doesn’t it?