Plane tickets may be expensive, but spending Christmas with family is priceless.
Hal Vaughn from Ohio decided to make a touching gesture for his flight attendant daughter, Pierce, who was scheduled to work six back-to-back flights on Christmas Eve.
Instead of spending the holiday apart, Vaughn decided to book tickets on every one of his daughter’s flights just so they could be together, according to The Week. On a flight between Fort Myers and Detroit, according to USA Today, Vaughn was bumped to first class, where he sat next to passenger Mike Levy.
Levy was naturally very moved by Vaughn’s fatherly devotion and posted a photo on Facebook, which has been shared over 31,000 times since Monday.
“I had the pleasure of sitting next to Hal on my flight back home. His daughter Pierce was our flight attendant who had to work over Christmas. Hal decided he would spend the holiday with her,” Levy wrote on Facebook. “What a fantastic father!”
Vaughn’s daughter, Pierce, also posted about the special trip on Facebook, first beginning her post with a shout out to her mom, then saying, “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.”
According to NBC Chicago, Delta Airlines (where Pierce Vaughn works), said in a statement, “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.”
Hal Vaughn told USA Today that navigating all the airports and getting on all the right flights was quite challenging, but definitely worth it to be with his daughter on Christmas Eve.
Working on Christmas Eve can be a drag, but it’s automatically a lot more fun when your loved ones give you a special surprise to make your day brighter.