A friend narrated an incident to me, it was an incident that she witnessed in a flight, from New York to London when she was traveling to London for her Masters.
In her words, A beautiful young lady was also in the flight, she was also traveling from New York to London. The journey was going to be a long journey.
As the boarding of the flight started, everyone got up on the plane. As the young lady reached her seat, she saw an elderly man sitting in her seat and she said rudely; “Mister, this is my seat that you’re sitting on, can’t you read your boarding pass properly?” The old man rechecked his boarding pass and said; “I’m truly sorry, I am traveling on a plane for the first time, can you tell me where’s my seat? My old eyes can’t read properly”.
The young lady then took the boarding pass from the man’s hand and said; “You’re sitting in the seat next to mine, kindly move!”. The young lady sat beside the elderly man.
The man was not wearing classy clothes, he was clearly poor and was not accustomed to the flight services. He didn’t even know how to put on a seat belt. The old man felt uncomfortable in his seat, so he tried to indulge in a conversation with the young lady.
“I’m traveling for the first time, my son drives a cab in London and he’s..”. The young lady didn’t let the old man finish his sentence and she said rudely; “Did I ask you, mister? No one is interested in you or your son”.
The young lady felt disgusted by the old man. As the flight was just about to go off, the old man started coughing, the lady had had enough of it. So she called the flight attendant and said; “Please find me another seat immediately!” ” I can’t seat beside this man”.
The flight attendant had a look at the man for once and said; “what’s the issue here ma’am? Is there any problem I can help you with?”. The young lady replied, ” Can’t you see for yourself the problem here?”. “I don’t want to sit next to this worthless Bum”.
The flight attendant was shocked by the woman’s rude behaviour. She said very calmly and softly, “Mam! The economy cabin is already full, and there are no seat left mam”.
The woman then replied the flight attendant, ” I do not care! Then find me a seat in business class”. The elderly was just man starring in disbelief. The flight attendant then responded, “I’ll talk to the Captain about this”.
The flight attendant went to the Captain and told the whole story. Upon hearing the attendant’s story, the Captain said, “this is the first time I’ve encountered this issue”. ‘I have a plan”. The captain told the flight attendant about his plan.
The flight attendant went back to the seat where the young lady and the old man was sitting and said, “The Captain said we could give a seat in the First Class, he also apologized that you had to travel with such a terrible person”.
When the young lady was about to rise from her seat, the flight attendant reached out her arm towards the poor elderly man and said, “Sir, will you please follow me?” The old man went up and sat in the First Class and the whole plane applauded to it.
Never look down on other people, no matter what you have achieved in life, stay humble.