We were flying out of San Antonio, when we encountered a mechanical delay followed by a weather delay. This is usually stressful for the passengers, as they have connections, and is challenging for the crew, as they want answers. However, it also allows us to get to know some of our travelers. One older gentleman came to the back of the aircraft and we could tell that something wasn't right. He had a blank stare on his face and looked distraught. He proceeded to tell us that he was on his way to his grandson's funeral because he had been killed in a motorcycle accident in Mexico. His flight to Mexico was the last one of the evening, and he was concerned that he wasn't going to make it in time. Now, as a crew, we have no control over whether someone will make their next flight, but we were able to move him closer to the front of the plane, so he could get off sooner. As a token of our empathy, I took a napkin and wrote that he was in our thoughts and prayers and had the entire crew sign it. He looked at me oddly as I handed him a folded up napkin. On my way back through the cabin a few minutes later, he waved at me with tears in his eyes. It was all I could do not to lose my composure. I don't pretend to know what kind of pain he's dealing with, but I can always offer empathy to someone in need.
I travel for a living, and consider myself a Professional Tourist, and no you can't have a buddy pass. :) I have also been a Mascot for a professional sports team, and I have the pictures and dancing skills to prove it.
I like people who are willing to laugh at themselves, are in to health and fitness, genuinely care about others, and live a life rich in amazing experiences.