She Won’t Stop
She’d been on his case since he stepped foot in the flight terminal. Now that the flight was about to take off, she seemed like she wasn’t going to let the man sit down.
The flight attendant rushed to help. She wasn’t going to let this issue escalate any further.
But everything took a drastic turn when she opened the suitcase the man had been clutching in the terminal. How would any of them come back from this?
She walked to the man just as he was reaching for his suitcase. A determined look had eaten his face, an equally enraged look.
The flight attendant thought he would attack the woman. She turned to his suitcase instead, grabbing and opening it.
The whole plane fell into a pin-drop silence as the case snapped open. Then everyone saw what was inside. This was the end.
But for flight attendant Jenny Soer, this wasn’t supposed to be an ordinary flight.
After spending more than a year in the airline industry, this would be her first time staying in the air for more than 18 hours.
Although Jenny had been looking forward to this opportunity, she knew all the difficulties that came with staying in the air for such a long time. But she never expected it to end this way.
For as long as Jenny could remember, she’d always wanted to be a flight attendant.
Even as a child, she enjoyed playing with toy planes amidst her Barbie dolls, wishing she’d take to the skies one day.
Her dream came true when she turned twenty-three and had her first experience as a flight attendant at United Airlines. But this was only the start of a journey that would abruptly halt.
Proving Her Worth
A motivated and equally dedicated Jenny worked hard to prove her worth as a flight attendant. She started with short flights that barely lasted half a day in the sky.
Soon, she was aboard seven to twelve-hour flights, showing her company that she was serious about making a name for herself as an attendant.
It would only be a matter of time before she got the promotion she was gunning for.
The promotion came after eighteen months of Jenny working at United Airlines. Her first shift would see her stay in the sky for eighteen hours, changing shifts with her fellow flight attendants.
The flight was from Houston, Texas, to Sidney, Australia, taking a whooping eighteen hours between the two great cities.
Jenny was excited to be a part of this journey, unaware of the chaos that would soon ensue.
She woke up early that morning and prepared herself. The next hour saw her walk through the flight terminal, ready to start her day.
She was in the middle of talking to one of her flight attendant friends, Mildred, who would be on the same flight as her when she saw the man approach.
He was tall, with a thick beard, and dressed in a flowing ankle-length robe with a keffiyeh scarf around his neck.
There was nothing unusual about the man. He carried himself calmly and looked polite as he approached the terminal.
He had a walking cane in one hand, although he looked barely in his forties.
In his other hand was his black suitcase, an item that would end everything on that eighteen-hour flight. If Jenny knew better, she should have stopped the chaos before it escalated.
She continued talking to her friend as the man walked through all the needed checkpoints. Satisfied that he wasn’t a threat to anyone, security let him through.
But although things were calm now, they were a second away from getting out of control.
This day would be remembered by many who saw the man in person that day but didn’t board the flight he was on.
Jenny was minding her business when she heard the commotion. It was small at first, easy to ignore. But for a flight attendant like Jenny, it was something to keep an eye on.
The man slowly advanced through the terminal line when a woman appeared behind him.
She looked like she was in her mid-fifties, with thick blonde hair cut just above her shoulders and a pair of glasses balanced over the bridge of her nose. One look at her, and Jenny knew this wouldn’t end well.
The woman had trouble written all over her. She held her head high, with the tip of her nose pointed toward the air.
She carried an air of importance about her, scrunching her nose whenever anyone she deemed under her walked by.
Jenny had already seen her make a face when one of the airport cleaners eased past her. She even snarked when another flight attendant hurried by. What would she do to the man before her?
A Gentle Tap
It all began with a seemingly gentle, harmless tap on the man’s shoulder. With raised brows, the man turned around, eager to see who was touching him.
He met with the woman’s gaze, a burning look that had him tilting his head. Standing several feet away, Jenny could hardly hear what he was saying.
But it was clear that he meant the woman no harm. But then something interesting happened.
The woman tried to squeeze herself past the man. But he stepped in before her, his reflexes so fast Jenny’s eyes could barely keep track.
With his back turned to the flight attendant, the man stood there.
But behind him, tiny arms, clearly the mean woman’s arms, started flailing about. This was Jenny’s cue to approach.
As a flight attendant, Jenny had long taken pride in helping people. It didn’t matter whether she was on a plane, inside the airport, or out in a city with her friends.
She always felt good when she stepped in to make someone’s day better, and she wanted to do that just now.
She could tell that these two individuals were about to collide in a terrible way. She needed to stop it before it began.
Stop The Fight
Jenny excused herself and weaved through the crowd of travelers, keen on stopping a brewing fight. As she got close, she heard the woman’s voice pierce through the air.
It was sharp and authoritative, her words judgemental as she told the man he needed to let him cut before him.
“I am an American by birth, and my family built this nation,” she grated. “You need to let me through!”
A Gentle Smile
“What seems to be the problem here?” a concerned Jenny asked, and all she got was a flare from the woman.
But the man faced her with a gentle smile.
“This lady wishes to cut the line,” he said in a thick accent. “I was only reminding her that I got here before her, so he cannot.” And that’s when the woman spoke.
I Deserve It
“But I’m in first class,” she said, waving her boarding pass. “See? Right here. First class! I can’t wait in line when I paid extra and deserve to be at the front!”
She tried to push past the man, but he moved before her again. Compared to her, he was at least two feet taller, with his broad shoulders towering above her.
There was no way she could win this. Or at least that’s what Jenny thought.
An Odd Thing
Jenny knew who was in the wrong here. The man was only minding his business when the woman started disturbing him. But the flight attendant noticed something interesting.
Each time the woman would try to walk past the man, he’d stand before her but hold his suitcase away.
He seemed more concerned about the case than the chaos brewing before him. What was inside it that he should care so much?
What’s In The Suitcase?
Jenny’s attention was slowly shifting away from the man and the woman to the suitcase in the man’s hand.
Seemingly realizing this, he stepped away from the woman’s way with a sheepish smile, suddenly eager to de-escalate the situation.
“It is okay,” he said to the woman. “You can go before me.” But his eyes kept bouncing between Jenny and his briefcase as if he was worried she’d noticed he was carrying something he shouldn’t have.
The woman walked past the man with a bright smile. She’d won. But this was only a battle in a war that would end very terribly for her.
The flight boarding was successful, and before the hour was over, everyone was settling in.
Jenny, who had been helping a young couple with a baby settle into their seats, heard the commotion and hurried to investigate.
First Class Noises
The noise was coming from first class, which was odd because, most of the time, that’s where the most well-behaved individuals sat.
Jenny walked through the door, and who did she find, if not the woman who’d started a stir at the terminal?
She and the man she’d quarreled with earlier were at it again. This time, they stood in the middle of the aisle, with other passengers looking at them. What was happening?
It’s Happening Again
Jenny’s heart sank as she approached the scene in first class. The woman was berating the man, her voice loud and obnoxious.
She was pointing at the empty seat next to him, the source of their dispute.
The man was doing his best to maintain his composure, but his patience was clearly running thin. “What’s going on here?” Jenny asked, trying to diffuse the situation.
The Extra Seat
The woman turned her attention to Jenny and said with irritation.
“This man, again! He refuses to let me have that extra seat! I can’t possibly sit here with just one seat. I’m claustrophobic, you see.”
The man, his expression weary but determined, responded, “I’m sorry, but I’ve paid for both of these seats. I have a right to them.”
Resolve It Fast
Jenny knew she needed to resolve this quickly but also understood the man’s perspective. After all, he had paid for two first-class seats.
The tension in the cabin was palpable as Jenny tried to mediate.
She turned to the woman and said, “I understand your concern, but this gentleman has paid for both seats. It wouldn’t be fair to ask him to give up the seat he’s paid for.”
The woman’s face turned red with anger, and she raised her voice, “But I’m from this nation! I was born here, and I deserve to be comfortable! You should prioritize your own people!” Her tone was accusatory and divisive.
The woman’s response took Jenny aback. She had never encountered such entitlement and prejudice in her career as a flight attendant.
But she remained composed and tried to reason with the woman. She had no idea that the end was already looming above her.
Equal Respect And Consideration
“I’m sorry, but we treat all our passengers with equal respect and consideration, regardless of their nationality. It’s not about where you’re from; it’s about following the rules and being fair to everyone on board,” Jenny explained firmly.
But the woman was not backing down. She continued to argue, creating a scene in first class.
Other passengers were growing increasingly uncomfortable, and Jenny realized that she needed to find a solution quickly before the situation escalated further.
He Goes For The Suitcase
Just when it seemed like there was no end to the woman’s demands and complaints, the man suddenly reached for his suitcase. But Jenny beat him to it. Instead of panicking, the man asked her to open it. Jenny took a deep breath and did.
The passengers around her watched with bated breath, unsure what she would find inside. But instead of something dangerous, she found a few documents, a laptop, and a phone.
The man gestured at the phone, and she handed it to him. He quickly dialed a number, and a look of determination crossed his face.
Is Everything Alright?
Still trying to defuse the situation, Jenny asked, “Sir, is everything alright? Is there something we can do to resolve this?”
The man ignored her for a moment, speaking urgently into the phone. After a brief conversation, he hung up and turned to face the woman.
The man looked at the woman and said, “I’ve just spoken to the airport manager and informed them of the situation. The plane is now on hold until they can resolve the issue.”
Anger To Shock And Frustration
The woman’s expression changed from anger to shock. She hadn’t expected the man to take such drastic action. The entire first-class cabin was buzzing with murmurs as passengers realized the flight was delayed because of this dispute.
Others were also whispering about the man’s identity, terming him a Middle Eastern philanthropist and millionaire with shares in several airplane lines worldwide.
Jenny watched as the woman’s anger turned to frustration. She had no choice but to accept the situation. After reviewing the details of the dispute, the airport manager decided to revoke the woman’s ticket due to her disruptive and disrespectful behavior.
The woman was escorted off the plane by airport security, much to the relief of the other passengers. The tension that filled the cabin dissipated as the flight crew prepared for takeoff. The atmosphere on board shifted once the woman had been removed from the plane.
First-class passengers were relieved; some even applauded the man for standing his ground and ensuring justice was served. Jenny couldn’t help but feel a sense of admiration for the man. She approached him and said, “Thank you for your patience and for gracefully handling the situation. It’s not easy dealing with difficult passengers.”
The man smiled and replied, “I believe in fairness and equality. No one should be allowed to disrupt the peace on a flight. We all deserve to have a safe and pleasant journey.”
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