US: Pilot handed out hundreds of roses to passengers for Mother’s Day

Getting on an airplane for holiday travel isn’t something many people get excited about. After all, with the crowds, the delays, and just the everyday inconveniences of getting from one place to another, flying can feel a little overwhelming on even a typical day. That’s why American Airlines pilot Captain Russ Wayant decided to do something special for Mother’s Day.

On his May 14 route from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to New York’s LaGuardia, Wayant stood outside the door of his jet and personally greeted each woman and little girl entering the plane. He offered each of them a rose to celebrate the special day.

In Chicago alone, he gave out 200 roses and then repeated the tradition on his return flight to Chicago. Wayant shared some of his own photos of the trip back to O’Hare International Airport and the “cabin of roses” he gifted to his passengers.

According to CBS News Chicago, the pilot started the Mother’s Day tradition 11 years ago. After he saw how happy the passengers were with their gift, he decided to make it an annual tradition.


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