A mother of twins who was told she would have to get off a plane was rescued by a kind stranger who volunteered to hold one of her babies for the entire flight.
The mother had intended carrying both her baby twins during the Delta Air Lines flight in the US, but was told by crew that this was not permitted.
She was then told she would have to disembark the plane before it took off.
However, another woman on the flight, who was travelling with her own child, approached the mother of the twins and volunteered to hold one of the babies while they were on board.
The mother agreed and she and her twins were able to remain on the flight.
Not only did the good Samaritan hold the other woman’s baby for the flight, but she also looked after it on landing when the plane was stuck on the tarmac for two-and-a-half hours.
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The story emerged after it was posted on the Love What Matters Facebook page by passenger Mackenzie Murphy.
She wrote: ‘This restored my faith in humanity.
‘Yesterday, this woman on my flight had twin babies, probably under six months, not so sure of the age.
‘It was a very packed flight so they started taking carry-on luggage to store under the plane.
‘A gate worker took this woman’s car seat, meaning she would now have to hold both babies since they weren’t old enough to sit up on their own in a seat.
‘When she sat down on the plane, a flight attendant immediately told her she couldn’t hold both babies, and would have to leave the flight.
‘A mother sitting in front of me, with permission from the other mother, volunteered to hold one of her babies for the entire flight.
‘Keep in mind this was a flight that was supposed to be a quick 45 minutes. We ended up sitting on the tarmac for 2 1/2 hours!
‘Without a complaint this woman fed the other woman’s baby and burped him. Her own daughter started crying. This mom, so calmly, went on to explain to her young daughter that “our job is to help other people. This mom is all by herself with no help, and really needs another mom to help”.
‘She then went on to hold him, sing him songs, and then he slept the entire flight without even a cry.
‘My heart still feels fuzzy. Moral of the story is when you see people needing help, do the right thing and help them.’
The post has more than 84,000 likes on Facebook so far, and commenters shared their own stories of aeroplane kindness.
Vanessa Phillips wrote of her own recent experience, saying: ‘I was traveling last week alone with my three-month-old and she had trouble with her ears/teeth. She screamed and cried for 30 minutes straight and a woman asked if she could help by rocking her, that she had 3 daughters.
‘Another passenger offered to help by holding her and another called to me as I walked the aisle, “We’ve been there so many times. You’re doing a great job!”
‘I got teary-eyed being the recipient of such compassion. There were a lot of great human beings on that long flight from Baltimore to San Diego.’
Commenter Sherri Haaland said: ‘There are angels everywhere, we just don’t see them because they aren’t looking for rewards.
‘The mommy of the twins was so blessed to have met an angel. The helping mommy truly taught her child a valuable lesson.’