5 Travel Hero Stories
When we are kids, we love superheroes like Superman, Batman and Spiderman. All the saving the world episodes and scenes that they do while using their awesome superpowers to fight the villain. It was always a happy ending to all of these scenes on our favorite movies and series.
Now that we are old, we don’t believe in Superheroes anymore. We know that they are just fictional characters created by another human being or they simple doesn’t really exist. However, someone doesn’t need heat vision, super strength and speed, immortality, cool black mobile, badass cape and costume and mask to be a hero.
There are several reports about Flight Attendants and Crew being rude to passengers and customers but beyond our knowledge, some stories had already saved lives on tough situations. Let us share to you the 5 Travel Hero Stories.
Hainan Airlines – Not to feel isolated
Heard of the story of a flight attendant who helped feed the passenger? This heartwarming story was between a 71 year old man who was suffering by being partially paralyzed due to stroke, he uses a wheelchair. Unfortunately, they are not seated together for he needs more space. Meal time comes and he had difficulty with at least gripping the spoon, flight attendant “Fan Xuesong” notice this, so she offered the old man help. “When I said I wanted to feed him, he suddenly felt touched and started to cry,” Fan said. “The old man worked hard all his life, did contribute to society, we should be kind to him,” she added.
Air China – Delivering a baby
Airlines accommodate pregnant woman on board with special assistance but on a flight with Air China bound to Los Angeles, a Taiwanese woman gave birth during the flight; She can’t have done it on her own. Jian, the pregnant woman failed to inform staff that she was actually 36 weeks pregnant and that’s 4 weeks over the 32 weeks policy of Taiwan Aviation regulations. With the help of the cabin crew and a doctor who happens to be on board, the baby was delivered successfully.
American Airlines/Southwest Airlines – Random Act of Kindness from Stranger
When you found out that your mom is dying and you need to fly from Michigan to Orlando with the minimal chance of seeing her again and your flight gets suddenly cancelled. What would you feel? Laura Genovich with her three-month old baby was boarded in American Airlines which was unexpectedly cancelled (reason for cancellation were not discussed). However, Laura noticed that Southwest Airlines was departing in 20 minutes. A stranger name Linda, help her to carry all her bags in an attempt to transfer flight. Unfortunately, the plane had boarded and the door was already closed.
The gate agent, Gale listened to Laura’s story and said to agree to let her in if she’ll pay $400 for the ticket. Out of incredible generosity, Linda who helped her with the bags also offered to pay for the ticket. Laura was able to be with her mother with the remaining extra time she was given. She owed this to the act of kindness by Linda.
Qantas – Hijacking
In 2003, Qantas Flight 737-hijacking case happened when a passenger tried to enter the plane’s cockpit while carrying two wooden stakes, aerosol can and a lighter. For an intent of blowing up the airplane from the cockpit. Overviewing the hijacker’s plan, Denise Hickson (flight attendant) tried stopping him but she got stabbed. Greg Khan (flight purser) tried to beat the hijacker down even he was already been stabbed twice in the head. After all, Khan had defeated the hijacker. Later on, the hijacker was David Mark Robinson who admitted that the agenda was to crash the aircraft into the Walls of Jerusalem National Park in Tasmania as an action intended to release the devil from his lair and bring about Armageddon. Khan and Hickson was rushed to Royal Melbourne Hospital and were treated.
Pan Am – The Human Shield
And to score the Travel Hero stories, flight Attendant Neerja Bhanot of Pan Am. The flight bound to New York in 1986 was seized by a hijacker. She died by being shot while shielding three children, prior to that she hid all passengers passport to prevent hijackers from singling out certain nationalities and passengers will be able to evacuate from the door she opened.
Aftermath reports were shown that he hijacker came from the Abu Nidal Organisation. Her death was highly commended for the Ashok Chakra, or India’s highest gallantry award for bravery in the face of the enemy during peace time. She was the youngest recipient of the award at age 22.
The civil aviation ministry of India conferred an honor on Neerja Bhanot posthumously on 18 February 2010 in New Delhi on the occasion of the launch of the celebrations of the centenary of Indian aviation.
It was really a mix of heartwarming and heartbreaking feeling to what happened to each Travel Heroes mentioned. We wouldn’t know when will be our time. Is it safe to say they are doing their work responsibility? I think they are just knowledgeable of the word “Humanity” which some of us already forgot. We got to admit on a life and death situation, majority of us will just act on “run and save yourself”. The following 5 Travel Hero Stories were an evidence that not all flight attendants are rude or selfish.