Alexa Bjornson was worried when she sent her son flying by himself, so she wrote a note for the passenger next to him.
Sending your child on a flight by themselves can be anxiety-inducing for any parent or family. However, if your child has autism, that experience can be even scarier for the kid and the parent.
That was the situation Alexa Bjornson was in back in Summer 2019 when she sent her seven-year-old autistic son on a flight to see his dad — all by himself.
Alexa wrote a note for her son, Landon, to give the person sitting next to him on the plane. Her goal was to alleviate her anxiety before the flight from Las Vegas to Oregon. She also included $10 as an incentive to be kind.
“I was feeling anxious, and [Landon] was super excited to get to his dad and cousins. I was more worried about missing him than how he would do on the plane,” Alexa told Bored Panda. “That was probably his fifth or sixth flight, so he knows what to do and how to act. I was just worried about him being ‘annoying’ to his seat partner.”
She added that she usually would try and fly with her son, but it wasn’t possible that year. “This year, we had a newborn baby, and funds were too low for me to fly three of us there and then two of us back,” Alexa explained. “Landon was also having some bullying issues, so we just wanted him to be able to enjoy the rest of his summer!”