An 88-year-old Violet Alison who was just about to get comfortable into her economy seat on an overnight Virgin Atlantic flight from New York to London, was asked, “Excuse me, would you like to fly first class?”
“You’re joking,” Alison responded to Jack Littlejohn, the fellow passenger who walked up to her row to ask her something she never thought she’d hear.
Leah Amy, a flight attendant shared the now viral story on facebook. “Of the hundreds of flights I’ve operated, I’ve had the pleasure of looking after footballers, supermodels and some Hollywood movie stars but let me tell you about my two favourite passengers EVER!” she wrote.
In the retelling of the story, Littlejohn said: “Yeah, I’ll give you my seat, and you can fly first class,” and have all the amenities that go with it, including dinner, drinks and a reclining bed.
“Do you believe that?” Allison said to the passenger who was sitting next to her.
“Do you think I should do that?” she asked, and the woman told her to go for it.
Littlejohn helped collect her bags and luggage, then she followed him to the first-class cabin on the double-decker aircraft, where he showed her to her seat for the seven-hour flight.
Littlejohn “then sat on the row of seats directly next to the economy toilets and never made a peep or asked for anything the rest of the flight,” Amy wrote. “No fuss, no attention, literally did it out of the kindness of his own heart.”
Thousand of messages of support and heart emoji have poured in to support the pair for the kindness and generosity.
“Violet is 88 years old, has been a nurse in both the UK and over in America. She travels to New York to see her daughter, but hasn’t been able to for a while because of a knee replacement. Her dream has always been to sit at the front, and Jack made that come true.”
Allison says she was well taken care of for the night and credits the crew during the flight with being welcoming and for waving at her throughout. Before the plane landed, Littlejohn went up to check on Allison; that’s when Amy asked if she could take a snapshot with them. When the flight landed, Amy gathered the group together to take a picture of them all.