Thanks to a compassionate Southwest Airlines pilot, a loving grandfather was able to say goodbye to his dying grandson.
Mark Dikinson, who lives in Arizona, was visiting Los Angeles when he got some horrible news that his 2-year-old grandson, Caden Rogers, had been seriously injured by his mother’s abusive boyfriend. The boy was on life support, and he would only have a few hours to get there before it was taken away. Dikinson needed to hurry if he was to get there in time to say goodbye to his grandson.
Dikinson wasn’t sure if could make it in time. He faced an extremely long security line at the airport, and didn’t get to the flight gate until the flight was supposed to have already taken off nearly 15 minutes prior to his arrival. Sure that he had missed the flight, and the chance to see his grandson for one last time, he sadly approached the gate. However, his wife had called the airport and told the pilot and crew about the horrible circumstances and the pilot had decided to hold the plane for him.
Even though the pilot had no authorization from anyone else, and could possibly have been reprimanded or lost his job, he knew it was very important that Dikinson get to Los Angles to see his dying grandson.
Dikinson was extremely grateful. Plus, the pilot, who didn’t want to be named, only got praise for his actions to hold the plane.
Southwest officials said that of course they can’t hold the plane for every late person, but in this case, the circumstances warranted it and the pilot absolutely made the right decision.