Letter from one of our students describing an experience he recently had on an airplane:
I was sitting in first class next to the window. I had to go to the bathroom but did not want to disturb the person sleeping in the aisle seat. All of a sudden, I felt an urge that now was the time to go to the bathroom. It wasn’t that I physically needed to go, I just felt that the time was right. I woke up the man sitting next to me and then slipped into the aisle. As I headed for the bathroom I noticed that there was a young man waiting ahead of me. He seemed nervous and continued to look around. “The poor thing is trapped.” He said as I walked up. I looked at the door and saw that it was still locked, but that the door handle was rotating frantically back and fourth like a washing machine. An older woman approached from the cabin at a brisk pace with a panicked look on her face. “Its my daughter!” she said, and then she began pulling the door from the outside. My left hand happened to be in my pocket holding my old hotel room key card while all this was going on. Without thinking I pulled out the key card. Using the corner of it, I opened the bathroom door like Jeff Prather had taught in his Airline Defense DVD. Out came a beautiful little girl whose whole face was soaked in tears. She saw her mom and ran into her arms. Mom kissed the top of her daughters head and rocked her back and forth whispering that it was all okay. Thanks to Jeff Prather, a frightened little girl got back into the safety of her mother’s love.