Teen on Alaska Airlines flight helps blind and deaf passenger traveling alone, goes viral
Fox News ^ | June 24,2018 | Alexandra Deabler
Posted on 6/24/2018, 6:46:44 PM by Hojczyk
A 15-year-old girl is being praised for her hands-on approach to helping a blind and deaf passenger traveling alone on an Alaska Airlines flight last week.
Clara Daly and her mom, Jane, were traveling home from Boston, Mass., to Los Angeles when their flight was canceled. They were rebooked on another flight, where the pair encountered Tim Cook, a blind and deaf man traveling home to Portland, Ore.
Cook had been visiting his sister in Boston.
Scribner said once Cook boarded the flight, other passengers tried their best to make his journey more comfortable –
“The man, who had given up his seat, did his best to assist with things like opening coffee creamer and pouring it in his coffee,” Scribner said.
However, the flight attendants needed someone who could communicate with Cook during the flight.
A flight attendant asked over the PA system in the plane if any passengers knew American Sign Language (ASL) to ring their call button.
Daly, who had been studying ASL for a year, rang her button.
“I sat with Tim a few times on the flight and toward the end for about 30 minutes,” Daly said, Alaska Airlines reported. “He just wanted to talk.”
“I went to [Cook] a total of three times, once to get him water, another to tell him the time, and the last hour of the flight to just talk to him,” Daly told FOX59.
“We talked about our family in Massachusetts and he asked me about my plans for my future,” she said.
Daly sign-spelled the words into his hand so he could understand.
The crew was delighted by Daly’s actions.
“Clara was amazing,” an Alaska flight attendant said. “You could tell Tim was very excited to have someone he could speak to and she was such an angel.”
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