This Mom Is Looking For The Man Who Helped Her During A Rough Plane Ride

Most people get really annoyed when they’re on a plane with a crying baby, but one mother’s story shows us: there can be another way.

Jessica Rudeen wrote a Facebook post that went viral on Saturday about meeting a man on a plane that helped her when she was struggling with both a crying infant and a crying toddler. 

She writes:

My first flights with an infant and a toddler started out with a little panic when we boarded the plane. My 4 month old was screaming his head off because, due to a series of unexpected events, I was unable to nurse him before boarding the plane. My 3 year old, who was excited before boarding the plane, lost her nerve and began screaming and kicking “I want to get off the plane! I don’t want to go!”

I honestly thought we’d get kicked off the plane. So with two kids losing their minds, I was desperately trying to calm the situation. This man reached for the baby and held him while I forced a seatbelt on Caroline, got her tablet and started her movie. 

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Once she was settled and relatively calmed, he distracted her so that I could feed Alexander. Finally, while we were taxiing, the back of the plane no longer had screams. During the flight, he colored and watched a movie with Caroline, he engaged in conversation and showed her all the things outside. 

By the end of the flight, he was Caroline’s best friend. I’m not sure if he caught the kiss she landed on his shoulder while they were looking out the window. Amazingly, we had the same connection in Charlotte to Wilmington, a connection he navigates frequently for work. 

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He helped us get off the plane and led us to the next gate with Caroline in hand. If that wasn’t enough, he changed his seat on the next flight to sit in our row to help us. This guy, Todd, showed me kindness and compassion that I’ve never known from another person. His wife, he said, had a similar experience when their two boys were young and a stranger showed her the same kindness. 

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I am blown away by God’s hand in this because we could have been placed next to anyone, but we were seated next to one of the nicest men I have ever met in my life.

I’d like to find him. His name is Todd. He has a son at the University of Arkansas and he lives in Lenexa, KS.

If you could help share this post so that I can find him, I’d really appreciate your help!

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Everyone is inspired by this simple act of kindness:

But Rudeen posted an even better edit to her original post:

Update! I’ve been connected with his wife and hoping we can get together soon!

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The two not only met, they were interviewed on Fox 4. Todd Walker is from Kansas, and he said that helping Rudeen was the most natural thing in the world.

“I saw was a mom looking around the corner at me with big eyes, and two kids in tow that were both having a bad day. They were both screaming,” Walker said. But things calmed down quick once Rudeen got a little help.

“Within a couple minutes, they were fine. Before we even had taken off, and before we landed I’d been coloring with Caroline, and looking out the window, and seeing different things,” Walker said.

He added, “If you think you can, or if they certainly ask you for it step up and help them. You know, it doesn’t cost you anything to step up and give them a hand.”

“His kindness made such a huge impact on my life, and it’s making an impact on other people’s lives too,” Rudeen added.

Has their story inspired you?

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Uber Charged This Rider $18,500 For A 20 Minute Ride

On Friday night, Toronto resident Hisham Salama ordered an Uber to take a trip to a hospital and visit a friend. He toldVice Canada that he was pretty surprised when he saw the bill, because the 20 minute ride had cost him $ 18,518.50. That’s Canadian dollars, but still.

“My first reaction was to just laugh, because I thought it was probably just an error but then about 20 minutes (later), when I was with my friend, I thought I should probably check my credit card to make sure everything was OK,” Salama, told Vice. He’d been using the metered Taxi fare, not the Uber X ride, which made him wonder what the mix up could be. When he looked, he saw the full fee was pending on his credit card.

He tried contacting Uber several times, to no avail. In the morning he spoke with an Uber representative on the phone, who told him, “I can confirm that based on the pickup and drop-off locations of the trip you took, this fare is correct.”

He received an email saying the same:

People cannot believe that an Uber representative would dismiss an obvious mistake like this:

After getting the Internet to rally around him, Salam tweeted that he’d finally gotten Uber to reimburse him for the overcharge:

But he also says: “If it takes an army of people to tweet and post online to interest you and for you to respond, that is a serious issue.”

Though I am wondering who even has almost 20,000 for Uber to snag? This man is a king!!

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Johnny Depp Just Crashed The Pirates Of The Caribbean Ride At Disneyland

The fifth movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales, is set to release worldwide next monthand as with any major movie franchise, the stars are in promo mode. Actor Johnny Depp, who plays Captain Jack Sparrow, was filming at the Pirates ride in Disneyland, and decided to treat some lucky park-goers to a show. 

Just look at these acrobatics… 

As you can imagine, people loved the impromptu performance.

People were kind of jealous… 

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New York Public Library's New Book Train Will Take Your Inner Book Nerd For A Ride

If you were a fan of New York Public Library’s two block long Rose Reading Room, I’ve got some good news for you; the ceiling restoration is complete and the room is scheduled to be reopened on October 5th. 

That’s great news for any bookworm, student, or person that can’t stand sitting at a Starbucks while the Pumpkin Spice craze is still going on. The movie scenes shot in the room do it no justice, and the only real complaints people ever had was how much lugging around they had to do if they wanted to pick up a research book from the other side of the library on one of its 11 floors. 

That is now a thing of the past.

With the recent expansions and book relocations, planners kept the citizens of New York City in mind when they came up with this new delivery system. Each of the 24 ‘carts’ can hold up to 30 pounds of materials, can travel vertically or horizontally,  and take only 5 minutes to work through all 11 levels of the library thanks to their 75 feet per minute speed. The carts also have built in sensors so you can track your delivery when it’s on route to you.

The $ 2.6 million dollar was part of an initiative to help make the Rose Reading Room an even more pleasant experience for those that would be spending countless hours there going through however many of their 4 million volumes of research material they had to.

Matt Knutzen, the director of the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Divisions within the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, said in a statement, “Our priorities include preserving our materials and making them increasingly accessible to the public in an inspiring space for research. Our recent storage expansion, our restoration of the Reading Room, and the installation of this system are all elements of that work.”

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