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Southwest Pilot Thanked for Delaying Plane

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 at 12:44 pm in Other.

NEWS AIRLINE 1 FT We complain a lot about airlines – yeah, we do. But this heartwarming Southwest Airlines story had us in tears.

You remember hearing about that 2-year-old Colorado boy who died earlier this month. According to police, his mother’s boyfriend allegedly hurled him across the room. He died from devastating head injuries the next day. When the toddler’s grandparents heard about the injury, they rushed to get his grandfather, who was on a business trip at the time, on a plane so he could see the little boy.

He got to LAX a good two hours before his Southwest flight, but long security lines delayed the grief-stricken man, and TSA and airport officials were unyielding. Frantic, his wife phoned Southwest, trying to get help.  When the tearful grandfather finally arrived at the gate, breathless and shoe-less, 12 minutes after the plane was due to depart, he found the Southwest pilot waiting for him on the jetway. “‘They can’t go anywhere without me, and I’m not going anywhere without you,’” Nancy Dickinson said the pilot told her husband. The little boy died the next day.

Admit it, you’re crying too.

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One Response to “Southwest Pilot Thanked for Delaying Plane”

  1. Ellie Says:

    Oh, I am so happy he got to see his grandson one last time, but what a terribly sad story! Yes, I’m crying. I pray for a world where no child is subject to abuse!

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