Friday, June 17, 2016

How this Orlando-bound flight crew went above and beyond for the grieving grandmother on-board - The Washington Post

From the Washington Post, a story about an entire plane of passengers comforting a grieving grandmother whose grandson was killed in the Orlando shooting.
A JetBlue flight attendant shared a moving account of how crew and passengers on an Orlando-bound flight went out of their way to comfort a grieving woman who lost her 20-year-old grandson in Sunday’s massacre.  
 He was Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, a dancer with big Hollywood dreams. Omar, as friends and family called him, was one of the youngest victims. The grandmother was traveling alone, so Kelly Davis Karas and the other JetBlue employees were instructed to be at her side throughout the journey. The company would have known which passengers had lost loved ones because the airline provided free tickets to any family member or domestic partner of one of the victims who needed to get to Orlando. 
 About halfway through the flight, Karas wrote in a Facebook post, a colleague had an idea to have all of the passengers sign a condolence note for the woman. But people didn’t just scribble their names, they wrote long thoughtful messages that took up pages and pages.
When the flight landed, they made an announcement: “JetBlue stands with Orlando” and then, at the request of some passengers, held a moment of silence for Omar.
 As they got off, Karas said every single passenger stopped to personally greet Omar’s grandmother. “Some just said they were sorry, some touched her hand, some hugged her, some cried with her,” Karas wrote. “But every single person stopped to speak to her, and not a single person was impatient at the slower deplaning process.”

How this Orlando-bound flight crew went above and beyond for the grieving grandmother on-board - The Washington Post:

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