A woman who was traveling from London to Arizona found herself in a tight situation while transiting through the airport for a connecting flight.
Delilah Cassidy was trying to board a connecting flight at Los Angeles airport on May 30 when she was told that she had to pay to take her carry-on baggage onto the plane.
She wrote on her Twitter that she had learned that her airline, American Airlines, had just instituted the new policy.
After consolidating all her bags, the airline staff determined that her bag was little overweight, so they proceeded to charge her $50. As she had just returned to the United States from traveling internationally, her American credit cards had not been activated. Additionally, the airline did not accept cash at the gates.
“Since I just got back from Europe all my cards are being declined as Chase doesn’t know I’m back,” she wrote on Twitter on May 30.
Airline staff told Cassidy that she would have to head back to the ticket counter to pay but doing so would cause her to miss her flight. At that moment, a kind stranger who overheard the conversation walked up to them and offered to help out.
“I’m pleading, devastated after a long day of travel. Then, this man walks up and says, ‘How much is it?’ They tell him $50 and he says ‘I got it,’” she said in her Twitter post.
She said she was astonished by the stranger’s act of kindness and turned down his offer. However, the stranger insisted that he help and handed over his credit card over to the airline staff.
“[H]e hands the lady his card as the American Airlines employees stand in silence shocked by this man’s generosity,” she recalled.
“They swipe the card and he tells me to have a great flight and hop on board.”
Cassidy was moved by the generous act and said she was crying while boarding the plane.
“This man was an angel,” she wrote.
She passed the man in first class and approached him to repay him in cash, however, he refused to take the money.
“I stop him as he’s sitting in first class and try to give him my money but he just shook me off and told me to pay it forward.”
In a later Twitter update on the same day, Cassidy found out that the Good Samaritan was NFL player Jermaine Gresham who was the Arizona Cardinals tight end, reported ESPN.
My heart is so happy. There are good people in this world. Be that person for someone because I know after this I sure will be.
— Delilah Cassidy (@Delilah_Cassidy) May 30, 2018