PHOTO: A Finnair pilot offers awesome assist for solo mom. (photo via Flickr/Joi Ito)
Some pilots are just more amazing than others.
The Independent reports a heartwarming story that will have you fawning over one very helpful Finnair flyboy.
According to the report, Captain Tom Nystrom went well beyond the call of duty when he offered to hold a passenger’s baby. The moment is all the more memorable due an Instagram post of Nystrom holding the infant in what we have to believe is the industry’s most adorable image of the year.
It certainly beats whatever United’s entry may have been.
The caption explains: “Today we had a mother on board traveling with four little boys. Two of the boys were just babies. Naturally one cannot travel with two babies on one's lap, so we had to solve the dilemma of missing lap, otherwise it would have been a no go for mom and the kids. Luckily we had our positioning crew on board and wonderful Tom took the task of being the extra-lap.”
The baby scenario far more often than you would think.
You may recall a similar story playing out: A mother meandered onto a Delta flight with two infants, and as reminded above, you can only seat one on your lap.
That is what took place in that case:
The Facebook post explains: “A mother sitting in front of me, with permission from the other mother, volunteered to hold one of her babies for the entire flight. Keep in mind this was a flight that was supposed to be a quick 45 minutes. We ended up sitting on the tarmac for 2 1/2 hours! Without a complaint, this woman fed the other woman's baby and burped him.”
Nystrom explains his own heroics to “Inside Edition,” via The Independent: “I have children of my own…so it came natural to me to help this customer with her babies.”
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It’s easy to become cynical with the airline industry. But if we open our eyes and ears just a bit further than we are used to, the negative stories can take a backseat to all the wonderful acts some pilots and passengers are willing to do for one another.
Until we as a species start sprouting multiple laps, we will have to look to our fellow travelers for a helping hand.