As any parent knows, flying with kids is difficult. You get dirty looks because your little ones are kicking chairs, crying or running up and down the aisle. For Shanell Mouland, flying with her 3-year-old daughter Kate is extra tough, because Kate has autism and her behavior can be unpredictable.
On a recent flight, Shanell was extremely nervous when a businessman sat next to Kate, who immediately began rubbing his jacket. But she never expected the passenger to react the way he did.
Many people would have asked for a seat change, but this amazing passenger, Eric Kunkel, did the opposite. It had a profound effect on not just Kate but her mom, who wrote about Eric in a blog post titled “Dear ‘Daddy’ in Seat 16C Flight 1850 From Philly”:
“You could have shifted uncomfortably in your seat. You could have ignored her. You could have given me that ‘smile’ that I despise because it means; ‘manage your child please.’ You did none of that. You engaged Kate in conversation and you asked her questions about her turtles.”