Alex Bjornson's son, Landon, had to fly alone to see his dad. Landon is 7 and has high-functioning Autism. Flying alone is tough--being a kid with Autism adds different challenges and frequently, anxiety. Alex, the mom, wanted to make sure whoever ended up sitting next to her son had a decent flight--so she sent Landon armed with a note and $10. The note explained that Landon had Autism, and might ask "are we there yet?" a number of times. She said in the note that she included the $10 to encourage the seatmate to help Landon feel safe and comfortable.
Jackpot--Landon's seatmate was a great guy called Ben Pedraza, himself a dad. He hung out with Landon for the flight, chatting, and playing Rock, Paper, Scissors...and yes, Landon asked "Are we there yet?" a number of times. Ben took a pic of him and Landon having fun on the flight. He sent the pic to mom Alex, along with a note telling about their fun flight, and saying Landon was a great kid--and even asked Ben to stop telling so many dad-jokes. And--Ben said the $10 was not necessary--and that he had donated it to the Autism Society in Landon's honor. Thanks, Ben, for being a great example and for making Landon's trip easy for him AND his mom.