Man buys food for elderly couple flying for the first time, heartwarming story is viral
Nov 03, 2022
If you can be anything in the world, be kind.
A heartwarming story of a man helping a "clueless" elderly couple flying for the first time has gone viral on social media.
Amitabh Shah took to LinkedIn to share that he took a flight to Kanpur from Delhi Airport. He spotted an elderly couple, from a remote village in Uttar Pradesh, in the boarding area.
The elderly couple had a long journey - they rode on a bus for eight hours to reach the Delhi Airport and then had to board a flight to Kanpur.
"I saw them in the boarding area completely clueless and could tell it was their first time and they didn't understand English," Shah said.
He wrote, "I walked up to them with a smile and asked them to simply follow me. They thought I worked for the airline 😋."
The couple was seated in front of Shah on the flight.
The elderly asked Shah to click a picture of them and send it to their daughter to inform her that they were safe.
"The aunty asked me - ‘Can you pls take our picture and send it to our daughter who has a phone with WhatsApp - so she knows we are safe?' I took this pic and sent," Shah said.
Shah shared how they declined food despite being hungry.
"When the air hostess came to serve food, they declined but clearly seemed hungry and thirsty for hours. I told the air hostess to give them paneer sandwiches and juices and to tell them it was complimentary as they were lucky customers to win a free meal. Of course, I paid for it when they were not seeing 😋. They simply ‘smiled' at me as we landed and went our own ways," Shah said.
He added, "We should always be kind at every opportunity we get, and trust me opportunities to be kind are all around YOU, aren't they?"