Christmas, Thanksgiving, and other holidays are a time for families to share time (and food and drink and fun) together. But what happens when a member of the family is stuck at work and can't join in the festivities?
In the case of Delta Air Lines flight attendant Pierce Vaughan, who was scheduled to work on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, her father Hal Vaughan decided to bring the family festivities to her.
This meant lining up six separate airline tickets so that Hal could accompany his daughter on each one of her scheduled flights.
DAD TO THE RESCUE! A father, whose flight attendant daughter was scheduled to work on ChristmasEve, booked SIX flights to fly alongside her so she wouldn't have to spend the holiday away from family https://t.co/MnpWHaRZcb pic.twitter.com/NVDFAMy2Rf-- ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) December 27, 2018
According to Delta passenger Mark Levy, who sat next to Hal on a flight from Fort Myers, Florida to Detroit, Michigan:
"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. So, he is flying on each of her flights today and tomorrow around the country to spend time with his daughter for Christmas. What a fantastic father! Wish you both a very Merry Christmas!"
As it turned out, Hal Vaughan was particularly motivated to spend time with his daughter over the holiday -- he had broken his neck earlier this year. The injury was so serious that it nearly left him unable to walk.
As Hal's daughter Pierce points out, "Tragedy can force a reality check and remind you to cherish all of the time with loved ones no matter how you have to go about getting it."
As for Delta, the company released a statement commemorating Hal's dedication to his daughter during the Christmas holiday:
"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."