Airline Delays Flight To Help Passenger See Dying Mom

Airline Delays Flight To Help Passenger See Dying MomIf Kerry Drake missed his connecting flight, he wouldn’t get to the hospital in time to say goodbye to his mother.

‘Obviously distraught’

Drake got the news on the morning of January 24 that his mother, who had been ill for years from rheumatoid arthritis and had been especially sick the last four months, was dying. To get to his mother in Lubbock, Texas, the San Francisco resident booked a United Airlines flight, with only 40 minutes between connecting flights in Houston. When his first flight was delayed, Drake thought he would miss his connecting flight to Lubbock, the last one of the day.

He started crying, obviously distraught. The flight attendants brought napkins for his tears, said they would do what they could to help, and most importantly, got his connecting flight information to the captain, he told CNN. When he got off the airport train and was running toward the gate, “I was still like maybe 20 yards away when I heard the gate agent say, ‘Mr. Drake, we’ve been expecting you,'” he said.


‘Delayed departure’

With the information from the flight attendants, the captain had radioed ahead about Drake’s situation, and the Lubbock crew had delayed departure to get him on board. Even his luggage arrived on time. The Houston ground crew made sure of it. He made it to the hospital in time to see his mother. She died that morning.

Drake wrote to United Airlines upon his return to ensure that the flight attendants, pilots, gate agents and baggage handlers who helped him that day were thanked for their service. His story made it into an employee newsletter as an example of what employees could do.

Do you agree that this is indeed a rare incident in the airline industry? If you were the head of the airline crew, would you also go the extra mile to help a distraught passenger see his dying mom?

Source: Katia Hetter, CNN Travel

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TX Democrats Call For Resignation Of Judge Who Said Obama Could Trigger Civil War

Texas Democrats are calling for the resignation of a Republican elected county judge who warned this week that the nation could descend into civil war if President Barack Obama is re-elected.

The Texas Democratic Party released a statement: “This nonsense is what passes for mainstream in today’s Republican Party,” the statement said. “It’s not only ridiculous, it’s dangerous. It’s crystal clear that Judge Head should resign.”

In remarks this week, Head called for a well-equipped force to battle the United Nations troops that he said Obama might bring in. Saying that as the county’s emergency management coordinator he has to “think about the very worst thing that can happen and prepare for that and hope and pray for the best,” Head told radio host Jeff Klotzman that he believes “in this political climate and financial climate, what is the very worst thing that could happen right now? Obama gets back in the White House. No. God forbid.”


Obama, Head said, will “try to give the sovereignty of the United States away to the United Nations. What do you think the public’s going to do when that happens? We are talking civil unrest, civil disobedience, possibly, possibly civil war…”

Attorney Rod Hobson jokingly put up U.N. flags outside his Lubbock office, KJTV reported. “When I saw the story I thought, once again, Lubbock is going to be the laughingstock of the entire nation,” Hobson said. “What makes it so sad is he is our elected county judge, who is in charge of a multimillion-dollar budget. That is scary. It’s like the light’s on, but no one is home. … I’d just like to think he’s off his meds.”

Do you think Judge Tom Head should resign? What do you think of his controversial remarks? Do you want President Barack Obama to be re-elected?

Source: CNN

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