Selfless Stranger on the Plane (full story, not watermarked)


The pilot’s voice came over the loudspeaker, urging the passengers to take their seats. Aggravated travelers shuffled down the cramped aisle, shoving large carry-on bags into stuffed overhead compartments. A mechanical issue had caused a 40-minute delay, and people openly complained about tight connections. I pushed my backpack under the seat in front of me and fastened my seatbelt, the new book I’d brought for the trip resting on my lap. It was then that I saw her….

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