The Miracle of Human Goodness

Looking at what is going on in the world, it's hard not to yield to despair and defeatism.  But every once in a while, a bright ray of sunshine breaks through the dark clouds and dispels the gloom.  The following account, written by a nameless flight attendant in the wake of 9/11 and released into cyberspace like a note in a bottle thrown into the sea, is just one of such rays of sunshine, an uplifting and heartwarming story that restores, if only for a while, one's belief in mankind. On the morning of September 11, 2001, Delta Flight 15 was flying over the North Atlantic, five hours out of Frankfurt, Germany, when a message arrived from Delta's main office in Atlanta alerting the captain that the entire airspace over the Continental United States was closed to commercial traffic, and advising him to land ASAP at the nearest airport.  The nearest airport was 400 miles away, in Gander, Newfoundland.  As the flight crew prepared the airplane for landing, another...(Read Full Post)