This Beautiful Thing Happened Aboard A JetBlue Flight
JetBlue flight attendants and passengers showed support for a grandmother flying to Florida to attend the funeral services of her grandson, who was one of the victims in the Orlando shooting.Advertisement
Twenty-year-old dancer Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo was one of the youngest people killed at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday.
Flight attendants ensured that they were “at [the woman’s] side every step of the way,” Kelly Davis Karas wrote in a Facebook post. The woman was travelling alone. “She was understandably distraught, but met us with kindness and gentleness. And gratitude,” Karas said.
As reported by NBC News, to cheer up the lady during her journey, flight attendants Karas and Melinda Winstead passed around a piece of paper to the passengers requesting that they sign the note that would be given to the woman.
“As we took beverage orders, we whispered a heads up about the plan as we went,” Karas said. Not only did people wrote their names. They also wrote paragraphs to express their love and condolences for the grandmother. The crew started distributing blank pages.
“When we gathered them together to present them to her, we didn’t have just a sheet of paper covered in names, which is what I had envisioned,” Karas said. “Instead, we had page after page after page after page of long messages offering condolences, peace, love and support. There were even a couple of cash donations, and more than a few tears.”
“There were even a couple of cash donations and more than a few tears,” Karas said.
After an hour and fifteen minute journey, Karas ended the announcements by saying, “We stand with Orlando.” The crew and passengers held a moment of silence in Ocasio-Capo’s memory. While disembarking, passengers stopped to offer the lady their condolences.
“Some just said they were sorry, some touched her hand, some hugged her, some cried with her,” Karas wrote in her Facebook post. “But every single person stopped to speak to her, and not a single person was impatient at the slower deplaning process.”
As reported by the Huffington Post, free flights for the families of Orlando victims are being offered by the airlines company. However, JetBlue spokesman Rick Clark said the gesture of kindness Ocasio-Capo’s grandmother received hadn’t been planned beforehand.
“It was the organic act of kindness from the crew,” Clark said.
The lady’s name has not been disclosed.