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Flight Time : By Naveen Jain

Last year in December, my family and I went to Los Cabos, Mexico for vacation. We chose to go there because it was a short 3 hours flight from San Jose, where we live. We were not sure if Paras, my autistic 11 year old son, could handle long flights. http://www.arguna.com/ Recently, he had become more anxious and had had a hard time sitting still, let alone in flights.

We booked online the flight and requested to have three seats in one row and one seat in the row just ahead of us. Therefore, if Paras kicked the seat, he would not trouble anyone else. When I explained to the representative online viagra about Paras and his autism, she understood our concern and gave us our preferred seats. To our liking, the outgoing trip was mostly uneventful.

However, when heading back from our stay, we went to the booking counter and they informed us that they had changed the seats so that all four members of my family were in the same row. Maybe some kind hearted United Airlines Representative thought,” Why to split the family across multiple rows?” In addition, the flight was full and no seating change could be made. My wife and I were anxious, thinking of the horrendous possibilities for this upcoming tough flight.

Once we boarded the plane, I thought to ask the passenger in front of us if he would be willing to exchange his seat with the aisle seat that we had. I explained him the situation: my son might have trouble sitting for a long time and may inadvertently kick his seat; therefore, was it possible to exchange his seat with ours? He looked me up and down, gasped, and then said “No.” In the same breath, the man said that he would be upset if his seat was kicked. I did not know what to do. Fortunately, there was this couple sitting next to him and the lady, sensing my anxiety, spoke out “Don’t worry. He can sit behind me. I won’t mind if he kicks. I understand autism and I know the challenges.”

It was a huge relief to us. Luckily, Paras was fine the entire trip and we were able to manage him in his seat for all 3 hours.

I am not hurt by the man who refused to exchange seats with me because I know that before we were blessed with Paras, I would have behaved like him if I was in a similar situation. After my younger son came into my life, before I react, I try to understand the situation because the person who may be kicking my seat might be Paras.



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6 Responses so far.

  1. S.Singla says:

    A very tiny adjustment done by us may be very helpful for others. So we should never hesitate to offer such small things.

  2. Satish Kumar says:

    Thanks for sharing Naveen. God bless all!

  3. Medhavi Singla says:

    very motivational story

  4. Fanish Jain says:

    Small touching incidents in life of persons close to you give you a lesson of life.I got my lesson from this.

  5. Mamta Gupta says:

    Taught me patience. During my latest trip, I had similar experience. A child was kicking my seat. I was trying to relax as I woke up at 4:00am. I knew about Paras’ incident. Even though I was getting quite annoyed, I controlled my feelings and stayed calm. Fortunately, my 8 years old son offered me to trade seats. That was really relaxing. Sometimes, we do not realize what problems the other people are passing through. This incident helped me to stay calm. A highly motivating incident. Thanks for posting.

  6. Vandana Malik says:

    Truly a though provoking incident Naveen and thanks for sharing. Seldom do we put ourselves in someone else shoes and try to understand why people react in a certain way. I am going to try..as this incident will stay with me forever…