Air journey may be a headache, particularly throughout the holidays, however that didn’t cease one father from accompanying his youngest daughter on six flights in three days so she wouldn’t be alone throughout her first Christmas working as a flight attendant for Delta.
His journey so moved Mike Levy, a passenger on their flight from Fort Myers, Fla., to Detroit, that Mr. Levy wrote in regards to the pair on Facebook in a publish that has been shared greater than 35,000 occasions.
“Now I’m seeing myself on my own Facebook feed,” Pierce Vaughan, 25, the flight attendant, mentioned on Thursday from her dwelling in Ann Arbor, Mich. “It’s very surreal.”
It wasn’t a straightforward journey for her father, Hal Vaughan, 65.
He was nonetheless therapeutic from a damaged neck after falling off a ladder whereas trimming tree limbs in June.
“A stupid accident,” he mentioned on Thursday, the day after he returned dwelling to Mississippi. “I hit the ground and bounced like a basketball.”
He was motionless for practically two weeks, then progressively started to regain his energy. By November he had realized to stroll once more, with out a cane.
But none of that — not even his robust distaste for airports — deterred him from boarding a airplane in December.
“Long story short, I had missed a lot of time with Pierce this summer,” he mentioned. “I just felt terrible thinking about her spending her first Christmas alone, even though she’s 25.”
Ms. Vaughan has all the time spent the vacations together with her household. Even when she graduated from the University of Mississippi and spent a 12 months in Australia. (Her dad and mom flew out to meet her.)
This Christmas, as documented by Mr. Levy, can be no exception.
Mr. Levy, 31, who lives in Sylvania, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo, was sitting in top notch on the way in which dwelling from a household trip in Florida when Mr. Vaughan was assigned to the seat subsequent to him, the one open one left on the airplane.
The two began chatting, Mr. Levy mentioned on Thursday, and shortly he realized why Mr. Vaughan was touring.
He requested to take a image.
“I 100 percent thought they were messing with me,” Ms. Vaughan mentioned.
She and her father set out on Dec. 23, flying from New Orleans to Detroit, then to Fort Myers, and again once more to Detroit.
On Christmas Eve they traveled to Hartford, Conn., the place they’d a layover.
“I’ve never been that far north in my life,” mentioned Mr. Vaughan, who grew up in Mississippi and lives close to Ocean Springs.
They found a on line casino close by in Springfield, Mass., the place they spent the day playing. His daughter ended the day forward by $100. He misplaced about $200.
“We had a great time, we really did,” he mentioned.
Next they flew to Atlanta earlier than lastly returning to New Orleans on the 26th. That evening, Mr. Vaughan returned dwelling and slept for 14 hours.
Traveling for 3 days straight “was a little tough,” he acknowledged, “but I refused to let people ride me around in those little golf carts.”
“I tell people I look old enough, I don’t need to make it any worse,” he added.
He was ready to fly free on standby, one of many perks of getting a daughter who works for Delta.
“The odds that he got on six separate flights is amazing,” Ms. Vaughan mentioned.
Drake Castañeda, a spokesman for Delta Air Lines, mentioned in a assertion that the corporate cherished “seeing this awesome Dad having the chance to spend Christmas with his daughter — even while crisscrossing the country at 30,000 feet.”
Since Mr. Levy first shared their story, each Ms. Vaughan and her father have been inundated with requests from the information media and a slew of constructive feedback.
At the time, they didn’t assume they had been doing something significantly fascinating.
“We just like spending time together,” Ms. Vaughan mentioned.
Her father’s resolution to spend the vacation together with her meant “everything,” she mentioned, particularly as a result of it could have been simpler for him to keep in Mississippi.
Her mom, nonetheless, did keep dwelling. It was the primary time her dad and mom hadn’t spent Christmas collectively since they’ve recognized one another, Ms. Vaughan mentioned.
“Christmas is obviously huge for us,” she mentioned. “For my mom to sacrifice that for him to be with me was indescribable.”