Dad Books Multiple Flights To Spend Christmas With His Flight Attendant Daughter
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Hal and Pierce Vaughan.
You may have already seen this story as it went viral over the past week, but if you haven’t, it’s a nice reminder of the season.
Hal Vaughan wanted to spend some quality time with his daughter on Christmas, but as a Delta flight attendant she was scheduled to work over the holiday. What did Vaughan do? What any loving dad would do – he bought seats on multiple flights – six in all – to at least get some time with daughter Pierce.
A fellow passenger on one of those flights, Mike Levy, shared Vaughan's story on Facebook, calling him a "fantastic father."
"The flight was from Fort Myers (Florida) to Detroit," Levy told CNN. "While chatting with Hal, I mentioned I was heading back home. He then told me about his daughter working as our flight attendant and how he was along for the ride to spend Christmas with her.
"I was amazed and thought he was such a phenomenal father for going well out of his way to be with his daughter." He added, "Pierce is very sweet. She definitely knows now how great her dad really is."
Pierce Vaughan later shared Levy's viral post: "Dad's first trip using his benefits was a success! A special thanks to all of the patient, wonderful gate agents around the country and my perfect crew. He made it on every flight and even got first class RSW-DTW (Christmas miracle)."
Levy said the father struggled a bit through airports due to an accident that happened this year.
"He is still recovering from a neck injury from earlier in the year, which had left him quadriplegic for a period," Levy said. "This was his first trip since the accident."
Delta responded to this story of a dad's devotion to his daughter at Christmastime.
"We appreciate all of our employees for working during the holidays to serve Delta customers, and love seeing this awesome Dad having the chance to spend Christmas with his daughter -- even while crisscrossing the country at 30,000 feet," it said.
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