Rabbi Bentzion Groner along with his wife Rochel were on an eight-hour trip home to North Carolina from Israel when a young boy had a meltdown.
The distraught kid also suffered from autism, probably the reason why he felt uncomfortable on the flight.
As he began crying, a lot of people made faces and a certain murmuring began, but no one really came forward to help.
“His cries were heard throughout the plane and you could feel the tension among the other passengers. No one wanted to say anything but it was getting very uncomfortable,” Rabbi Groner wrote in a Facebook post.
Luckily Rochel knew how to handle him, from her job at ZABS Place, an employment-training centre for young adults with disabilities. She immediately got up, held his hand and helped him.
“I put out my hand, and he took my hand,” she said. “It was such a surreal moment, and he just took it, and he stopped crying. He kind of just followed me into the aisle. I walked to the bulkhead, and I sat down and I put him in my lap, and I gave him a gentle but firm hug and I just started to rock him. He calmed down.”