Young man shows Christmas spirit and gives up first class seat to stranger


When 88-year-old retired nurse Violet boarded a plane back to the U.K. following a visit to see her daughter in NYC, she was completely unaware that she was about to get one of the most magical experiences of her life.

She had hit it off with young British man Jack and the two had chatted before boarding the plane, during which Violet had revealed it was her dream to travel at the front of the plane.

Unbeknown to her Jack and his family were traveling in first class and what he did when he boarded the plane has attracted the praise of people around the world.

When Violet got on the plane she was informed by a Virgin Atlantic flight attendant that she was to swap seats with a passenger in first class allowing Violet to travel home in style and fulfill her dream.

Virgin Atlantic flight attendant Leah Amy took pictures of the two friends and posted the images on Facebook writing,

“Of the hundreds of flights I’ve operated, I’ve had the pleasure of looking after footballers, supermodels and some Hollywood movie stars but let me tell you about my two favorite passengers EVER!

“Jack and Violet (I wish she was called Vera or Rose). Jack and his family purchased seats In our upper class cabin for a flight home from New York, but when he got onboard, Jack went and found violet in economy and swapped seats with her.

‘The kindness of his own heart’

“He then sat on the row of seats directly next to the economy toilets and never made a peep or asked for anything the rest of the flight. No fuss, no attention, literally did it out of the kindness of his own heart, no one asked him too [sic].

“Violet is 88 years old, has been a nurse in both the UK and over in America. She travels to New York to see her daughter, but hasn’t been able to for a while because of a knee replacement. Her dream has always been to sit at the front, and Jack made that come true.

“You should of [sic] seen her face, when I tucked her in her bed after supper. She said her daughter won’t believe her, and wanted a ‘selfie’ to prove it, but didn’t have a phone or an email address. These photos are getting sent in the post tomorrow, can you even cope.”

Leah’s post has since gone viral with more than 4,000 shares and over 1,500 comments praising this young man’s actions.

What an absolute gentleman! The respect and kindness he showed toward this octogenarian should inspire us all to do something wonderful for our elders.

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