Here’s a story of a good Samaritan.
A family was recently kicked off their Southwest Airlines flight to Austin because their two-year-old took off his mask.
After they were kicked off the flight they posted their unfortunate situation on Facebook and help was offered almost immediately.
James Peck a pilot who owns his own private plane saw the family’s post and gave them a lift from Denver to Austin in his own private plane.
The family didn’t have to wear masks after all, how great is that!
A Denver family got a flight on a private plane after being kicked off a Southwest flight to Austin because their toddler was not wearing his mask. https://t.co/yBgNjb74VX
— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) April 9, 2021
A few bright spots of sanity in an otherwise insane and unserious world. https://t.co/LJ794ZYlwX
— MJ Tomko (@Tomko_1) April 9, 2021
It’s truly refreshing to see a helping hand for the family instead of condemnation against them.
Fox 7 News covered the story in its entirety, see what they had to say:
A family posted a Facebook video after they were kicked off their flight to Austin because their two-year-old child was not wearing his mask. A local pilot who heard the Harvey family’s story and stepped up to help with his private plane.
Erik Harvey, his wife Michelle, and their two-and-a-half-year-old son Jackson were all set to fly from Denver to Austin through Southwest Airlines on April 1st. Being very aware of the federal mask mandate for all flight customers over the age of 2, the Harvey family knew they had to get their son used to wearing his mask before their departure.
Erik Harvey’s 18-minute-long Facebook video on their experience received over 1,000 views. One of those viewers included an old family friend named James Peck who is also a pilot.
“I have a family of my own and it’s not impossible to get your kids to be awesome on a flight, but to get them to be able to keep a mask on the entire time has its challenges,” said Peck.
Peck has been a pilot for about seven years. After watching the video, he decided he was going to help this family. “I knew that I could use that as a great excuse to go take a flight and help them out and get them here.”
A family posted a Facebook video after they were kicked off their flight because their 2-year-old child was not wearing his mask.
A local pilot heard the family’s story and stepped up to help with his private plane. https://t.co/Nv1LlTHexC
— WNDU (@WNDU) April 9, 2021
Almost every week now there are news reports on airlines kicking off families for their children not wearing masks.
Airlines should take a long look at their authoritarian rules on masks and have a compassionate heart as this pilot in the story did.