Stranger on a Plane Writes Heartwarming Note to Autistic Boy’s Mother

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Watching your child walk onto a plane for a flight as an “unaccompanied minor,” can give you major stress. Now imagine that your child also has autism and may have problems communicating with passengers and crew at 35,000 feet.

A mom recently lived out this scenario. But before she sent her son on his first flight solo, she wrote a note for the passenger seated next to him.

She received a note back, and what it said stole her heart.

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Mom Alexa Bjornson posted her emotional story on Facebook.

She wrote, “Today my son took his first flight to Oregon to see his dad. I sent Landon with a letter to give to whoever sat next to me saying he has high functioning autism so he might be nervous and ask you ‘are we there yet’ a lot, and please just make him feel safe and comfortable, with 10 dollars in the note.”

A man named Ben ended up being Landon’s seatmate. He took the time to write Bjornson back and…well, let’s just say Ben is a very kind dude.

He wrote, “He did ask if we were there yet several times but he was a great travel buddy. We had a good time and played a few rounds of rock-paper-scissors. He’s a great kid and you’re a lucky mom. I appreciate the $10 but it wasn’t necessary. I donated it to Autism-Society.org in honor of Landon. Have a great day!”

The Autism Society is an advocacy group providing education and support to families living with autism.


“I am so grateful to this individual, and that there are still kind people in the world who make a difference like I try myself to do as well,” she posted along with the picture of Ben and Landon. “Thank you so much Ben!!!!”

Ben, a complete stranger, soothed a nervous kid with conversation and games. Then, wrote a nice note so she knew what happened while her baby was out of her sight. He may never know how important that is to a mother.

When people are good to each other for no reason, that’s kindness.