In this day and age we have to be so careful....
My children flew by themselves last week. Their flight there was uneventful, but their flight home was, oh, three hours late!!!. Even accounting for the original delay, I got to the airport, which was three hours from home~ I had to travel on my end in order to get them a direct flight into the airport up north into which thee need to fly.~ before they did. They were supposed to take off at 3 and land at 5. Instead, take off was delayed three times until 5 and then they sat on the plane for another hour, not taking off until after 6 pm. They landed at 8:30, the time we should have been walking in the door at home.
For those of you unfamiliar with children flying as unaccompanied minors, they usually let the adult picking up the children meet the flight at the gate. They bring the children to you and you must show your picture id and sign a form saying that the children have been returned to you. As I was doing this, other passengers, who had missed connecting flights, were also at the counter inquiring about their next steps. One gentleman indicated that he had a 10:45pm connecting flight back to our town,~ That airport being just 30 minutes from my house, but flying direct out of that one was not an option!~ but thought he'd be better to just rent a car and drive home. He wanted to make sure his luggage would still get there.
As we walked away, this same man came up to me, introduced himself and told me that it had been his pleasure to sit next to my children on the plane. He indicated that it had been a LONG day and they'd been on the plane for a LONG time and my children were troopers through the whole thing. He addressed them by name and told them it had been a pleasure to fly with them! Obviously, I was pleased and proud.
I would have liked to have offered this man a ride home. My children indicated that he was very nice to them the whole flight. They knew he'd flown up north for the day for business. It appears that he helped make an upsetting situation a little easier for my children. I knew from overhearing his conversation at the desk that he was about to rent a car and drive back to the same city as us. I would have like to help him out in return.
However, in this day and age, it just isn't wise for a single mom, traveling late at night with her two children to offer a ride to a stranger. I realize that there was a 99.9 percent chance that everything would have been fine, but I wasn't willing to risk my children for that 0.1 percent. I know I did the right thing. I know I made the safe choice, but it makes me a little sad that I couldn't offer kindness to someone who'd offered it to my children.