Flight Attendant Gives Young Autistic Boy Tour of Plane to Distract Him from Rough Flight
Sonja Redding and her son, Xayvior, were on their way home to Omaha, Nebraska, from a doctor visit when things took a turn for the worse. Xayvior has autism and was also recently diagnosed with a rare disorder called Methylmalonic Acidemia in which the body cannot break down certain proteins and fats. Shortly after the plane took off, Xayvior began to have a meltdown.
“It felt like everyone on the entire plane was looking at us annoyed by my son’s outburst,” says Sonja.
Luckily, flight attendant Amanda Amburgy saw what was happening and stepped in to help. First, she offered the boy some headphones, hoping to get him excited about listening to music or viewing one of the children’s movies available on the TV screen on the seatback in front of him. When that wasn’t working, she invited him for a personal tour of the plane.
Xayvior took his new friend up on the offer, and she carried him around the cabin and showed him everything there was to see. Xayvior even began waving and kissing Amanda, despite his mother saying he’s usually not receptive to people outside of his family holding him.