Some flights can go splendidly, especially if we drift off or watch a movie that makes hours just melt away. However, there are flights that don’t exactly go as planned for plenty of different reasons, from feeling unwell to device malfunctions. When a mother from Cypress, Texas, Lori Gabriel boarded a plane with her family, she planned to have a calm and peaceful trip. Unfortunately, her autistic 4-year-old son Braysen changed those plans even before the flight took off.

As soon as the family got on the plane, Braysen had a meltdown and refused to be seated. As the mother and father were struggling to keep their child calm, they were approached by a United Airlines flight attendant. What followed was a lesson in empathy and compassion and Gabriel shared her experiences in a Facebook post.

Mother recently shared a heartwarming story about their family’s flight

Image credits: BraysenUnited

Image credits: BraysenUnited

As soon as the flight crew were informed that Braysen was autistic, they did everything to help the boy. “Huge thank you to United Airlines. They accommodated his needs, made sure we were all ok, worked around where he chose to sit,” the mother wrote in her post.

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Image credits: BraysenUnited

The acts of kindness weren’t limited to the crew on board as surrounding passengers showed solidarity and understanding. “To the lady that wrote me this note in seat 7D, thank you, you may not know how much that means to us when we feel defeated,” Gabriel referred to a note that was given to her during the flight.

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The note read:
“I commend you for your strength. Do not EVER let anyone make you feel as though you are an inconvenience or a burden. He is a blessing. God bless your patience, your love, your support, and your strength. Continue to be Superwoman. And know You and Your family are loved & supported.
– United family”

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Image credits: BraysenUnited

Throughout the flight, the flight attendants let Braysen sit on the floor, venture into the first-class sector where people interacted with the boy to help him get through the arduous journey. And it worked! The child seemed happy and plenty of people were supportive. Even when the child started kicking a man’s seat which made his mother promptly apologize, the man only responded by saying that he didn’t mind.
Bored Panda has reached out to Lori Gabriel for additional information, but she has yet to respond.

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The mother also showed how Braysen usually handles flights

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