The staff of Tampa International Airport came together to cheer up a boy who left his stuffed animal there.
6-year-old Owen was flying from Tampa to Houston with his parents when the unthinkable (to a 6-year-old) happened. He left behind his stuffed tiger, Hobbes. Owen was distraught, and his mother called the airport to report the loss. The staff there quickly found Hobbes, but rather than just stuff him away in the Lost & Found, they decided to send him on an adventure around the whole airport before Owen and his family came back for him.
He got to see the tower…
"I want to help land a plane!" (via Facebook)
He sampled some gelato…
"My favorite flavor is tuna." (via Facebook)
He rode in a fire engine…
"I won't start any fires. Or will I?" (via Facebook)
He saw how they keep the planes clean…
"I know I'm soft, but please don't use me as a rag." (via Facebook)
He got the VIP treatment…
"No tip for you!" (via Facebook)
He even got a behind-the-scenes tour!
"I could do some serious damage from here." (via Facebook)
In the end, Hobbes was reunited with his best friend. Owen was presented with a photo book detailing all of the tiger's adventures.
"We've got a lot of catching up to do." (via Facebook)
The idea came from AOC Manager Tony D'Aiuto, who was inspired by a similar story involving a stuffed lion in England. Owen's mother wept when he was given the book. She was certainly grateful, saying, “Thank you to everyone at Tampa International Airport who took such great care of Hobbes. It was such a nice surprise."