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Dad buys tickets on all of flight attendant daughter’s Christmas flights

Source: Facebook/MarkLevy

A Delta Airlines flight attendant was scheduled to work Christmas Eve and Christmas Day — but her father wasn’t about to miss the holidays with his daughter.

Father determined to spend Christmas with working daughter buys tickets for all her flights

Many families travel to be with their loved ones for the holidays but one father took things to a whole new level this Christmas – literally. Pierce Vaughn, a Delta flight attendant, was scheduled to work Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. But her Dad, Hal, wasn’t about to miss the holiday with his daughter. So, he traveled across the country as a passenger on all 6 of her flights during the holiday period.

spent the Christmas holiday together despite her work schedule. Fellow passenger Mike Levy (far right) met Hal on one of his flights.

Flight attendant Pierce Vaughan (left photo) and her father Hal Vaughan (right photo, left side) spent the Christmas holiday together despite her work schedule. Fellow passenger Mike Levy (far right) met Hal on one of his flights. Source: Facebook/MarkLevy

Going the extra air mile…

The story was first posted on Facebook by a fellow passenger, Mike Levy, who sat next to Vaughn’s father, Hal, on one of the flights at Detroit Metro Airport.

“I had the pleasure of sitting next to Hal on my flight back home. His daughter Pierce was our flight attendant who had to work over Christmas,” Levy wrote on Facebook. “Hal decided he would spend the holiday with her. So, he is flying on each of her flights today and tomorrow around the country to spend time with his daughter for Christmas. What a fantastic father! Wish you both a very Merry Christmas!”

The post was shared more than 20,000 times, including by Vaughn herself, who said her father used his benefits to make it onto every flight.

“A special thanks to all of the patient, wonderful gate agents around the country and my perfect crew. He made it on every flight and even got first class RSW-DTW (Christmas miracle),” she wrote.

Delta confirmed the news in a statement saying, “We appreciate all of our employees for working during the holidays to serve Delta customers, and love seeing this awesome Dad having the chance to spend Christmas with his daughter – even while crisscrossing the country at 30,000 feet.”

Like the story of the Delta Airlines steward who sat down next to a passenger in the aisle to hold her hand, the story of this father who booked all Christmas flights to be with his daughter shows how small gestures of love and care can have great meaning in the lives of others. Although the latter is not exactly a ‘small’ gesture 😉


This article was originally published on BrightVibes on 30 December 2018.

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Matt Cobrink, a 53-year-old man with Down Syndrome flew from his home in Los Angeles to New York for a five day trip with his sister, Janet. This meant being away from his 88-year-old father, Malcolm, for the first time in decades. The two had not been separated in years and are very close since Matt's mother passed away. When the five-day trip was up, Matt's dad was waiting at the airport to meet his son. Matt's other sister, Marcy, 56, knew the reunion would be special, so she decided to film and share it.

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