Passenger to pilot: ‘Thanks’

My airline pilot friends reported to me last week that in the aftermath of the Germanwings tragedy, passengers stepping onto their jets were asking them “do you feel alright?”

Funny stuff.

But an unidentified woman said something else, according to a pilot in the United Kingdom who tweeted her note: “Thanks.”

In light of the very recent tragedy in the French Alps and the loss of those poor 150 people, I feel the need to reach out to you and extend a compassionate hand. At the end of the day, we are all humans just trying to live this rollercoaster of a life we have been handed.

I understand an event so horrific as this one affects those with your responsibility more than others, and maybe sometimes a kind word, random but heartfelt, can make a difference. I’m hoping to create a ripple effect and spread some compassion and understanding.

Thank you for taking me home. Thank you for doing so safely. Thank you for allowing me to live the life I do in Spain and split my time with my family in England too. You make the excitement I feel now to see my family possible. I hope you get to see your families soon. I’ve had a wonderful flight and hope you have too.

You’re making a massive difference and you’re the reason I can smile tonight.

Take care and spread love.

Kindest regards,


  • JMEG

    Just think what would happen if we were all just a little kinder to one another. Good for her for saying/writing what I’m sure at least some others were thinking. And for those that weren’t thinking this way, maybe the letter will make them pause and think about their role in this “rollercoaster of a life” we’re all on. Maybe.

  • Jack

    I’m eternally grateful to the men and women who get us safely from point A to point B.

    I always make a point of thanking the crew when we get to the destination. I was on a flight that had an aborted landing in Minneapolis back in 2008 and still remember the gratitude that the passengers had when we finally made it back down to the tarmac – cheers erupted on the plane and it took longer than usual to get off since almost ever passenger stopped to thank the pilot and co-pilot.

    For the crews that read this blog – thank you so much for warning us of impending turbulence, it means so much for us nervous flyers to not be surprised by it.