Often, the headlines aren’t great. Which is why it’s so moving to hear a story of someone being genuinely kind.

Alexa Bjornson was a bit worried about how her autistic son, Landon, would do on a solo flight to see his Dad. She decided to send Landon with a note explaining that he has high-functioning autism, so he might be a bit nervous and ask “Are we there yet?” a lot. She also sent $10 to give to Landon’s seatmate as a goodwill gesture.

She was delighted to receive a text from Landon’s seatmate, a gentleman named Ben.

Her post read:

Today my son took his first flight to Oregon to see his dad. I sent Landon with a letter to give to whoever sat next to me saying he has high functioning autism so he might be nervous and ask you “are we there yet” a lot, and please just make him feel safe and comfortable, with 10 dollars in the note. And this is what I just received ❤❤❤ I am so grateful to this individual, and that there are still kind people in the world who make a difference like I try myself to do as well. Thank you so much Ben!!!!

His note read:

Alexa, My name is Ben. 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. I donated it to Autism-Society.org in honor of Landon. Have a great day!

Bjornson posted the note of Facebook, and everyone was charmed.

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With more than 3.5 million Americans living with autism, it helps to see people be kind and understanding. Ben is a great example for us to remember to reach out to others and be kind whenever we can.

Thanks Ben!