Mom Sent Her Autistic Son On A Flight Alone And He Made A Forever Friend

Traveling to a new destination can be a lot of fun but the process of flying, making lines at the airport, and just the overall stress of traveling can make the process that much harder. Many parents are forced to send their children on flights on their own — they are typically assisted by a designated airport staff that helps the child get to their gate. A mom sent her autistic son on a flight alone and he quickly made a forever friend

Mom was worried about how her son would fare on the flight alone, so she sent him with a note to give to whomever he ended up sitting next to. In the message, mom wrote her son has a higher functioning form of the neurological condition and that she normally asks “are we there yet?” very frequently. Mom was also gracious enough to include $10 tucked away inside of the note to the person it would be presented so they would be more inclined to help her son out. 

In a statement to CNN, mom, Alexa Bjornson, said: 

“I thought, how do I make it so whoever's sitting next to him won't look at him as a burden but more of like, I can help this kiddo get through the day.”

Landon Bjornson, Alexa’s son, ended next to a man named Ben Pedraza and refused to accept the money because he was enjoying the time he had with young Landon on their flight from Las Vegas to Oregon. 

Pedraza mentioned how the pair was cracking jokes the entire flight and at one point, Landon even asked Pedraza to please stop making dad jokes. The fast friends had such a good time during the flight, they ended their time together with a quick little snapshot to share with mom and let her know everything during the flight was OK. 


Sent the photo he took to mom with the following message: 

“Alexa, my name is Ben. I was Landon’s seat neighbor for his flight to Portland. He did ask if we were there yet several times but he was a great travel buddy. We had a good time and played a few rounds of rock-paper-scissors. He’s a great kid and you’re a lucky mom.”

He also mentioned that he did appreciate the 10 dollars she sent but it wasn’t necessary and he donated it to the Autism Society in Landon’s name. 

Mom was so excited that the flight went well, she posted the photo and a thankful message on Facebook for her followers to see. 

“Today my son took his first flight to Oregon to see his dad. I sent Landon with a letter to give to whoever sat next to me saying he has high functioning autism so he might be nervous and ask you "are we there yet" a lot, and please just make him feel safe and comfortable, with 10 dollars in the note. And this is what I just received ❤❤❤ I am so grateful to this individual, and that there are still kind people in the world who make a difference like I try myself to do as well. Thank you so much Ben!!!!”

The photo has only been up for a few days and it already has 12 thousand likes, over a thousand comments and over 10 thousand shares. It’s recommended for parents who are planning on sending their children on flights alone, to consider booking an aisle seat or bulkhead seat for their little ones. This is according to the Autism Center at Marcus.

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