Lori Gabriel says her four-year-old son, Braysen, usually loves to fly, but on a recent United Airlines flight from San Diego to Houston, he had a meltdown. The mom explained to flight attendants that he has autism and they were doing their best to get him to calm down, listen, and sit with his seat belt fastened, but when he wouldn’t, the crew and passengers were understanding and accommodating.
Lori says flight attendants allowed Braysen to move around after the seat belt sign was turned off and when he accidentally kicked a passenger, she was so nice about it. So was a first class passenger, who gave the boy high-fives and talked to him when he ran up there. Everyone helped him calm down and made the trip easier, which the mom thanked them all for in a Facebook post.
"I'm just overwhelmed from all this kindness,” Lori writes. "For the first time, people have been very understanding and helpful about Braysen's autism. It gives me a lot of hope for the future."