Mom Pleasantly Surprised by Kind Stranger Who Kept Her Son Company on Flight

The mom was super happy with the outcome.
Courtesy of Alexa Bjornson

A mom was super thankful after a stranger on a plane kept her son who has autism company while he flew alone. 

Alexa Bjornson said her 7-year-old son, Landon, had to fly from Las Vegas to his dad’s house in Portland alone for the first time, so she wrote a letter to the person who would sit next to him. 

“I knew whoever ended up sitting next to, he was going to talk. He’s very social,” Bjronson told “I was hoping if I wrote a letter with a couple bucks, that person would make an extra effort to make him feel comfortable.”

In the letter, she informed Landon’s future seat companion on the two-hour flight that he might be nervous and he’d probably ask “Are we there yet?” more than once. She also included $10 for their troubles. 

“As soon as the flight landed, I received a picture and text,” Bjronson said.

In the text, Ben Pedraza, who sat next to Landon, said, “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. I appreciate the $10 but it wasn’t necessary,” he added.

Pedraza then wrote that he would give the money to the Autism Society in honor of Landon.

Bjronson said the text was humbling for her. 

“I was relieved that he not only had an understanding seat partner, but Ben had enjoyed sitting next to Landon too," the mom said. “I didn’t think I’d receive a response.

"It totally exceeded my expectations for sure.”


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