A heartwarming and courageous act by flight attendant Shelia Frederick on an Alaska Airlines flight saved a young girl from a potentially dreadful situation. Shelia noticed something suspicious when a man and a young girl boarded the plane in Seattle. The girl appeared less well-dressed and avoided making eye contact, raising concerns for Shelia.
Unable to shake off her worries, Shelia devised a daring plan to help the girl. She confided in a coworker and together they worked to divert the man’s attention. Shelia made an effort to make eye contact with the girl while delivering food on the plane. Finally, the girl looked up, and Shelia could see the sadness in her eyes.
To communicate secretly with the girl, Shelia locked one of the plane’s toilets and placed a piece of paper and a pencil inside. She signaled the girl towards the locked toilet, mouthing the word “toilet” and miming writing. Thankfully, the girl got the message and asked for permission to use the restroom.
While the man waited outside the bathroom, Shelia stayed inside, watching him closely. Inside the toilet, the girl found the note that Shelia had left, which read, “I need help.” Realizing the gravity of the situation, Shelia immediately informed the pilot, who then coordinated with ground control.
Upon landing in San Francisco, authorities were waiting to apprehend the man. Shelia’s quick thinking and courageous actions prevented a potential human trafficking incident. The young girl was rescued and spared from a terrible fate.
Shelia’s bravery and dedication can be witnessed in the video below.
Shelia’s valiant effort did not end there. She kept in touch with the girl she rescued and even spoke to her over the phone multiple times. The young woman is now attending college, thanks to Shelia’s intervention.
Shelia’s story is a true inspiration and serves as a reminder for all of us to trust our instincts and take action when we see something suspicious. By reporting our concerns, we can potentially save others from harm. Let’s honor the brave and compassionate Shelia Frederick, who is a remarkable role model for us all.