A pilot received this note from a grateful passenger, and one of his colleagues shared it on Twitter.
A letter given to a colleague from a passenger onboard his aircraft.. Providing proof that we're all in this together pic.twitter.com/a0NrT3LAtT
— Jai Dillon (@jaidillon) March 30, 2015
It's easy to take pilots for granted. We rarely see their faces, and modern aircraft fly so smoothly that we never think about what they're doing in the cockpit. However, all of the recent aviation disasters in the world have thrown into sharp relief the fact that their job is neither easy nor safe. That's why it's so refreshing to see this letter, written by a passenger named Bethanie on an ordinary commercial flight, to show her pilots her gratitude. Here's the full text:
In light of the very recent tragedy in the French Alps and the loss of those poor 150 people, I feel the need to reach out to you and extend a compassionate hand. At the end of the day, we are all humans just trying to live this rollercoaster of a life we have been handed. I understand an event so horrific as this one affects those with your responsibility more than others, and maybe sometimes a kind word, random but heartfelt, can make a difference. I'm hoping to create a ripple effect and spread some compassion and understanding.
Thank you for taking me home. Thank you for doing so safely. Thank you for allowing me to live the life I do in Spain and split my time with my family in England too. You make the excitement I feel now to see my family possible. I hope you get to see your families soon. I've had a wonderful flight and hope you have too.
You're making a massive difference and you're the reason I can smile tonight.
Take care and spread love, kindest regards, Bethanie.
The letter was shared on Twitter by UK-based pilot Jai Dillon, who received it from a fellow pilot. For security reasons, Dilllon wasn't able to divulge the airline or the airports involved. Although it's tempting to roll your eyes at the over-the-top language ("we are all humans just trying to live this rollercoaster of a life we have been handed"), the sentiment is commendable. I'm going to read this the next time I get frustrated during a delay, and try to keep things in perspective.