Hal Vaughan booked multiple flights so he could spend time with his daughter as she worked during the festive season.
A father has become an internet sensation after he was pictured flying on a Christmas Eve flight to Detroit so he could be with his daughter over the holidays.
Hal Vaughan, whose daughter is a flight-attendant for Delta airlines, used his airline benefits and booked up to six separate flights so that she could spend Christmas with her family – even while she was working.
A fellow Ohio passenger, Mike Levy, caught wind of the adorable gesture when he was sat next to Vaughan on a Delta flight from Fort Myers to Detroit.
Mr Levy took a photo of them sitting beside one another on the plane, and posted it to Facebook to spread news of the heartwarming gesture.
The post, which has received 194,000 likes and has been shared as many as 38,000 times, also features a photo of Vaughan’s daughter, Pierce, alongside the photo of the two men on board the flight.
It reads: ‘I had the pleasure of sitting next to Hal on my flight back home. His daughter Pierce was our flight attendant who had to work over Christmas.’
‘Hal decided he would spend the holiday with her. So, he is flying on each of her flights today and tomorrow around the country to spend time with his daughter for Christmas. ‘
‘What a fantastic father! Wish you both a very Merry Christmas!’
Pierce, who is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, also shared the post herself and offered more details to readers about Hal’s elaborate journey in the skies.
She wrote: ‘Look ma we made it.’
‘Dad’s first trip using his benefits was a success! A special thanks to all of the patient, wonderful gate agents around the country and my perfect crew.’
‘He made it on every flight and even got first class RSW-DTW (Christmas miracle)’
She also showed her appreciation for Mr Levy sharing the cute story: ‘Shoutout to Mike Levy for being a great first class passenger & helping us to understand how cool this actually is!’
Hal’s adventure is believed to have started in New Oceans, flying to Detroit from there. He then flew from Detroit to Fort Myers, back to Detroit, and then on to Hartford, Atlanta and Denver.
The wonderful things people do for love, eh?