The heartwarming story of a US woman who paid for a stranger’s toddler's flight ticket has gone viral after a witness shared their account on Facebook.
The generous act occurred after the father tried to check in for his flight only to realise his two-year-old daughter didn’t have the ticket she needed
“The man was confused because he was under the impression she could ride for free,” the witness shared, explaining that when the father had booked the ticket his daughter was one, an age that allowed her to fly without a separate ticket.
“He was hit with emotion. He mentioned he couldn't afford to rebook this flight or get her the ticket with such short notice. He stepped aside and tried to make a few calls. Hugging his daughter and grabbing his head, you could tell he was heartbroken.”
Fortunately the woman next to him at the counter stepped in.
“She walked over to him and asked what was wrong. After they talked for a bit they walked up to the counter together,” the witness said. “She pointed back at his daughter and said, 'I wanna buy her ticket.' The agent said 'You know how much this ticket costs right?'”
The last-minute ticket was US$749 ($997 AUD) but the woman said that was fine and pulled out her credit card.
“I was right there and I just said to her, 'God Bless You!' and they printed out the ticket.”
The man reportedly asked for her name to repay her but the woman said not to worry about it. The Facebook post of the story has received over 143,000 likes and thousands more comments praising the stranger’s generous act. If that doesn’t give you goosebumps we don’t know what will.
This article originally appeared on 7Travel.