Pilots fly passengers thousands of feet into the air and land massive airplanes, but they rarely receive more than a cursory "thanks" at the door.
The handwritten note, tweeted by the pilots' colleague, Jai Dillon, shows an incredible amount of compassion for airline employees doing a difficult – but often thankless – job.
Dillon was reached out to for comment, but he declined to share names or locations for security reasons.
He added, however,
I felt that the positive message was worth spreading.
Perhaps we all owe our pilots a little more thanks for the challenging job they do.
Dillon, a pilot himself, shared the letter on Twitter.
A letter given to a colleague from a passenger onboard his aircraft.. Providing proof that we're all in this together pic.twitter.com/a0NrT3LAtT — Jai Dillon (@jaidillon) March 30, 2015
The full letter reads:
In light of the very recent tragedy in the French Alps and the loss of those poor 150 people, I feel the need to reach out to you and extend a compassionate hand. At the end of the day, we are all humans just trying to live this rollercoaster of a life we have been handed. I understand an event so horrific as this one affects those with your responsibility more than others, and maybe sometimes a kind word, random but heartfelt, can make a difference. I'm hoping to create a ripple effect and spread some compassion and understanding. Thank you for taking me home. Thank you for doing so safely. Thank you for allowing me to live the life I do in Spain and split my time with my family in England too. You make the excitement I feel now to see my family possible. I hope you get to see your families soon. I've had a wonderful flight and hope you have too. You're making a massive difference and you're the reason I can smile tonight. Take care and spread love, Kindest regards, Bethanie