For someone who works in the airline industry, seeing new and different people on a daily basis comes with the job, so after awhile these employees get used to seeing people of all different backgrounds and they don’t think much of it.
But when flight attendant Sheila Frederick was up in the air on one of her many flights, she noticed something odd and allowed her instinct to guide her.
Whenever she approached this one man and young girl, the two acted oddly and the girl failed to make eye contact with her. The man, who was well dressed, answered all questions for the girl, which is what alerted her to something being wrong. Frederick thought it was odd to see the man so well dressed while the girl was completely disheveled.
“He was well-dressed, that’s what kind got me because why is he well-dressed and she is looking disheveled and out of sorts,” said Frederick. “Something in the back of my mind said something is not right.”
Frederick somehow managed to whisper to the girl, telling her to go into the bathroom. When the girl went into the bathroom she left a piece of paper for her to right on. The girl wrote down that she needed help. When Frederick found the note she shared it with the pilot, who informed the police.
Thanks to Frederick’s gut instinct and quick thinking, the girl was spared from human trafficking.
“I’ve been a flight attendant for 10 years and its like I am going all the way back to when I was in training and I was like I could have seen these young girls and young boys and didn’t even know,” she said.
Before Frederick put the piece of paper in the bathroom she wrote her phone number on it. Because the girl was able to memorize the number, the two have stayed in touch. Last Frederick knew the girl was attending college.
As part of their training, flight attendants are taught how to recognize the signs of human trafficking which gave her the expertise to identify that the girl was in a bad situation.
“If you see something, say something,” said Frederick, who is being praised for her brave work.
Commenters shared the following praise…
“I am so glad the flight attendant took it to her interest to save the girl. She is awesome, am glad she did. For the sicko, I hope he’ll pay for his crimes. There are many older men who do this, this is only one of the very few diseases in our society today. Sad!!!”
“I am angry but also thankful this flight attendant took the action needed to get this girl to safety. Angry that there are adult men doing this to young girls and boys. He should be castrated and hung to bleed out.”
“It is well worth it and I’m proud of you to be on top of safety for children in unsafe situations you are definitely a good human being.”
This incident just goes to show you that you should always follow your gut.