I’m not posting this because I think it’s amusing. I’m posting it because I think it’s powerful and because we don’t see enough of this anymore.
As a high school lacrosse team was waiting to board a flight to a Summer tournament, one athlete took it upon himself to sneak into the pre-board group for “young passengers”. He thought he had beaten the system, but his coaches saw the whole thing go down. One hastily written speech and a nice bit of cooperation from the crew of Southwest Airlines Flight 592 later, this video was born.
While humiliating at the time, I guarantee this lesson will stick with this young lacrosse player for the rest of his life. When he has kids of his own, he’ll tell this story dozens of times over. Maybe, if we’re lucky, he’ll have the same will to teach his kids with the same determination.
Kudos to the coaching staff and Southwest airlines for allowing the plane to become a life-lesson classroom.