While on an Alaska Airlines flight out of Boston last week, 15-year-old Clara Daly found herself in the place to help someone in need. Shortly after take off, a flight attendant asked if anyone knew sign language over the plane’s announcement system because the crew needed help communicating with another passenger, Tim Cook, who is both blind and deaf, the Boston Globe reported.
Daly had been studying American Sign Language and was eager to help.
Because of Cook’s challenges, Daly had to make signs into his hands to communicate, but it worked. Cook himself was traveling alone, so Daly periodically checked in on him during the flight.
“This was the first time I was ever able to use it,” Daly told the Boston Globe.
During the last hour of the flight, the two passengers sat and talked with one another. Fellow passenger Lynette Scribner posted about the interaction on Facebook and said it “was fascinating to watch as she signed one letter at a time into his hand. He was able to ‘read’ her signing and they carried on an animated conversation.”
“It was a beautiful reminder, in this time of too much awfulness, that there are still good, good people who are willing to look out for each other,” Scribner added.
Daly was originally supposed to be on a flight from Boston to Los Angeles, but was canceled and she ended up on a flight to Portland with Cook. According to the Boston Globe, she likes to think it meant to be.
According to Scribner’s post, Alaska Airlines has gotten in contact with Daly and Cook about the happy incident.
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