An airline pilot is being praised after his act of kindness helped an Arizona family pay respects to their father and husband.
The family had been affected by a 90-minute delay from Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, leaving them with seven minutes to make their connecting flight, according to a December 2015 ABC News story. If the family missed their connecting flight in Minneapolis, they would not make it to Memphis in time for the funeral of the Jay Short. When the family got to the terminal, their connecting flight was already taxiing toward the runway.
“This was our last chance to say goodbye to my dad and if we missed the flight we would (have) missed the funeral,” Nicole Short-Wibel, Jay’s daughter, told ABC News.
“With only two minutes to spare we got to the gate and the attendant was not at the podium,” Marcia Short, Jay’s wife, wrote on her daughter’s Facebook page. “My son and I are waving our arms at the pilots and the ground crew as my two daughters are crying their eyes out. We are pleading for them to not take off.”
The plane’s pilot, Capt. Adam Cohen, saw the desperation on the Shorts’ faces through the airport windows, according to ABC News. He turned the plane back toward the terminal so the Short family could board.
“This is something we’ll take with us, knowing we made a difference,” Cohen told ABC News.