An angel at the airline counter

While on the subject of good deeds, and people with enough class, selflessness and empathy to walk away from the money, the Crone relates this tale told to her last night by a dear friend who lost her father early this year. The Crone’s friend was at work in Washington DC when she got the news that her dad had died. Her mother is very elderly and so getting home to Boston in a hurry was essential. The friend scraped herself together and drove straight to National Airport to buy a ticket on the US Airways shuttle. She got to the counter and requested a single fare “That’ll be $600″ she was told ” It goes way up if you don’t book in advance”. The friend explained the situation and asked about a bereavement fare “Oh, we don’t do that any more” . A round-trip ticket offered no relief either “$1200″. The friend burst into tears. Seeing her distress, a member of the US Airways ground team, but not the person who had been ‘serving’ her called her over. ” I get tickets for a tenth of the price” he said “give me a minute and I’ll book you on as one of my family” . He did, and the friend was on her way to Boston within the hour, for $120 return. The friend has asked the Crone not to use the airline hero’s name, in case he loses his job.

About Liz Barron

US Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia. Permanent address in Washington DC. Deep roots in Northern Ireland and persistent Belfast accent. Blogger,cook, mother, grandma, Scrabble-player and enthusiastic world traveler.
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