When You Think You’re Going Solo But You’re Not

, , , , , | Right | August 10, 2020

It is my first international solo trip and I stupidly book a flight that has two layovers before reaching my final destination in San Francisco. I have also booked it so that it’s my birthday on my last flight.

I am on my second layover in Chicago, and at this stage, I am feeling pretty sick and tired. I get to my gate and ask the flight attendant at the gate if she can look after my bag whilst I go to the bathroom; she explains that she can’t due to airport policies.

She gets chatting to me and I explain that it is my first solo trip, I am feeling really sick, and technically, it is my birthday. She goes off behind the counter for a bit and then comes back as they are boarding and explains that she couldn’t upgrade me but that she has managed three seats right at the back where she is working so she can keep an eye on me.

When I board, she makes sure that I have a blanket, tells me to put my hoodie on, and as soon as the seatbelt sign goes off, she tells me to get some sleep. She then wakes me up so I can get my first sight of San Francisco.

If it hadn’t been for her, I think I would’ve fallen to pieces on my last flight and never flown solo again! That tiny gesture went such a long way for a young person on her first solo flight!


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