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Mon Jul 1, 2019, 08:04 AM

She worried her son with autism would bother his seatmate on the plane. Instead, they became friends



(CNN)When her 7-year-old son had to fly solo to visit his dad, Alexa Bjornson was a little worried.

Bjornson's son, Landon, has autism, and traveling can be difficult for him. Because the mom didn't know how Landon would fare on his own, she gave her son a note to present to the passenger next to him.

The message explained that Ben has high-functioning autism and might frequently ask "Are we there yet?" She also included $10 for the person for helping her son feel safe and comfortable.

"I thought, how do I make it so whoever's sitting next to him won't look at him as a burden but more of like, I can help this kiddo get through the day," Bjornson told CNN affiliate KATU.

Ben Pedraza ended up sitting next to Landon, but he didn't need any cash incentive to enjoy a great flight with Landon. They were heading from Las Vegas to Oregon on Thursday.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/30/us/plane-passenger-autism-trnd/index.html?utm_term=image&utm_source=twCNN&utm_content=2019-06-30T19%3A30%3A01&utm_medium=social



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demmiblue Jul 2019 OP
hlthe2b Jul 2019 #1
donkeypoofed Jul 2019 #2
angstlessk Jul 2019 #3

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2019, 08:13 AM

1. Kindness among strangers--one of the remaining sources of optimism...

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Mon Jul 1, 2019, 10:28 AM

2. Beautiful story. Made me tear up.

Thank you for that little injection of optimism!!

Sometimes, especially in these times, we can forget that there are more good people than bad.

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Response to donkeypoofed (Reply #2)

Mon Jul 1, 2019, 11:37 AM

3. Things have gotten so bad

I teared up just knowing this was going to be a sweet story

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