Acts of Kindness
Passengers kindly help dad in back row so he doesn’t miss father-daughter dance
Mike was sitting in the back of the airplane and knew it would take a long time to exit. But lucky for him - everyone onboard participated in an act of kindness.
Jenny Brown
07.27.21

There are many special events to look forward to when you have children – from birthday parties to dance recitals. Naturally, the last thing you’d want is to miss one of these events – especially if it’s the first.

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A parent named Mike Good was excited about taking his twin girls to their first daddy-daughter dance.

It would be a fun, memorable evening, and he didn’t want to miss it for the world. Unfortunately, though, his plane trip back home didn’t go as smoothly as he wanted.

Mike was on his way to get home to Charlotte from Nashville where he was on a business trip. It was supposed to be a short flight but the thunderstorms caused all incoming flights to either get canceled or delayed.

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The day wasn’t going well for Mike.

The airline tried to help him by getting him on an earlier flight. In the process, however, he lost the original seat he was supposed to be on his scheduled flight. He ended up getting the very last available spot on the plane which was on the back row.

As if things weren’t already bad enough, the plane Mike was in was forced to circle the airport prior to making a landing. This delayed them further.

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Mike told PEOPLE:

“I was sure there was no way I was going to make it. I knew it would take me thirty minutes to get off the plane and then I had about a thirty-minute drive from the airport.”

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Before the plane made a final taxi towards the gate, something really great happened.

After getting on board, Mike was able to talk to a flight attendant in the back. He told her that he’s probably going to end up in the doghouse because he’ll be missing the kids’ dance.

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The flight attendant knew how important the event was for Mike and his kids. She made a surprising announcement just before they were completely on land.

“She told everyone there was a dad in the last row trying to make his twins’ father-daughter dance and we’d really appreciate it if you’d let him off the plane so he can get there.” -Mike recalled the flight attendant announced.

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What’s incredible is that it actually worked.

Everyone stayed in their spots and left the aisle clear for Mike to make a dash off the airplane. They even cheered and clapped as he hurriedly did so.

One of the passengers wrote the following on Twitter:

Mike ended up being able to attend the dance with his beautiful daughters.

Although he was about 50 minutes late, his family didn’t mind. In fact, his wife got choked up after hearing his story.

Mike was also able to tell the amazing story to the other dads at the dance. And the next day, he was even more surprised to find that his story went viral online and his experience was getting tons of attention.

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The real heroes that day were the passengers and the thoughtful flight attendant.

When you think about exiting a plane, likely thoughts of frustrated people trying to hurry off comes to mind. But in this case, everyone acted kindly and patiently in order to help a dad out. Not to mention – none of it would have ever happened if it weren’t for the sweet flight attendant.

Be sure to check out the video below to see more on this heartwarming story!

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By Jenny Brown
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Jenny Brown is a senior writer at Shareably. She is based in San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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