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Feel Good Friday: Flight Friends

Many times, flying is not an enjoyable experience. The crowds, the noise, the smells of our fellow travelers. But imagine if you had to deal with all of that as a child with autism, flying by yourself for the first time.

Alexa Bjornson of Las Vegas was concerned about all of that when she put her 7-year-old son Landon on a flight to Portland, OR to see his dad. To prepare whoever sat next to Landon for the flight, she sent along a note, which said in part, “He might ask you, ‘Are we there yet?’ a few times or get a little loud with his headphones on. If you could please find it in your heart to make him feel comfortable and safe, I would be forever grateful!” and included her cell phone number and $10.

Right after the plane landed, Alexa got a text from a man named Ben Pedraza, who has wound up being Landon’s seat mate. It read: 

“Alexa, My name is Ben. I was Landon’s seat neighbor for his flight to Portland. He did ask if we were there yet several times but he was a great travel buddy. 

We had a good time and played a few rounds of rock-paper-scissors. He’s a great kid and you’re a lucky mom.

I appreciate the $10, but it wasn’t necessary. I donated it to Autism-Society.org in honor of Landon.

Have a great day!”

Here’s hoping Ben – or Landon – sits next to me on my next flight.

[Via Good Morning America]

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