Hostess warms hearts after helping overwhelmed mother during flight

Passengers on the 7-hour flight to Mombasa from Dubai were impressed when the hostess' motherly instincts kicked in.

Passengers aboard an aircraft

An air hostess who was on duty aboard a flight to Mombasa has warmed many hearts for offering to help a mother of three who seemed to be overwhelmed by her crying child.

Maliha Omar, a Kenyan who recently travelled from Dubai said that she had noticed the struggling mother.

I was on an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Dubai to Mombasa and there was a mom travelling on the same flight with 3 kids. Her youngest baby was crying non-stop. You could see the mother struggling to try to calm the baby but in vain.

Almost 15 min passed and the baby was still crying. Suddenly, the baby stopped crying and when I looked I could see the air hostess pictured below carrying the baby and putting him to sleep,” she recalled.

The helpful air hostess explained that her motherly instincts could not let her watch the woman struggling with her child without intervening.

She said that she had left her 10-month-old baby with her husband to work that night and the crying toddle reminded her of her own.

After sharing the story of social media, Maliha inspired her followers to also open up about kind acts they had witnessed on board.

One of them, Roxanne Budhai said the story reminded her of a couple that was also struggling with their newborn during a past flight to New York.

When it was the man’s turn to hold the child, his wife fell into a deserved deep sleep as he wandered up and down the aisle trying to rock the baby to sleep.

He looked around hoping not to annoy other passengers. I was the senior crew on that flight… having left my own little one at home - I could not just walk away. I offered to help put the baby to sleep. The dad appeared shocked at the offer, however, handed his baby to me.

As soon as I held the baby in my arms, he looked up at me with the most beautiful eyes and snuggled up on my chest. I spoke to him quietly and sang the way I did to my little girl. Within a few minutes, he was sound asleep. His dad was too afraid to take him back from me, just in case he woke up. I didn’t mind at all, so I sat in an empty seat, and held him like I would my own,” Roxanne who now runs her own travel company recalled.

Chimango Chikwanda: “I love this. I once travelled Kenya Airways with my 3 kids all under the age of 6 at the time. The Air Hostesses were extra nice to me that day which was pleasantly surprising. I realised later that they were fussing over me because of my kids. Women do look out for each other regardless of what people choose to believe.”

Another woman Maryann Mutinta shared her story about her the hostesses on her flight took turns holding her baby so that she could rest “Ethiopian Airlines for you! I flew from London alone with my 4-month-old daughter then, and the hostesses were amazing and very helpful throughout the flight. I was going to my mother's funeral, and she was the only parent I had growing up after my Dad died when I was very young. I was feeling broken, and they took turns with my baby so that I could get some rest because she wouldn't stop crying for most of the way. ET has a super special place in my heart for that

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