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Published On: Mon, Jun 24th, 2013

Delta CEO Richard Anderson gives up seat on plane to mom, Jessie Frank, just trying to get home

Jessie Frank’s letter on Facebook has gone viral on the Internet.

Her tale details the long struggle through flight delays and shortages on seats to get home to her child in time to pick her up from summer camp.

Richard Anderson“As the plane descended into Atlanta, the flight attendant announced that there was a special guest on board. He was riding in a jump seat, because he had given up his place to allow one more person on that flight. That special guest was you: Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta,” Frank writes.

The man in a collared shirt and tie placed her carry-on luggage in an overhead compartment and pointed her in the direction of her seat, but Frank says she didn’t give it a second thought. She assumed he must have been an off-duty pilot.

“You, Richard Anderson, the CEO of Delta, did all that for me, just an average, middle-aged, woman with, as far as anyone at Delta knew, no special reason to get home. But more importantly, it was all of your employees that day that did so much helping me to get home – and now I know why. Because Delta is led by you, Richard Anderson, a dedicated and inspiring leader who so clearly demonstrates, at his very core, that he leads by example, and does not set himself above all those who allow this airline to exist.”

The touching tale now has hundreds of likes and shares across the Internet.

A good deed indeed.

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