Many people look a little out of it when they board a plane, but it was the brevity of one flight attendant, which saved a teen's life.
Alaska Airlines flight attendant Sheila Fedrick has been in the air for a decade now, and this is the first time she has had to act in such a heroic manner when it came to human trafficking. She was just going about her routine when she noticed a young blonde teen who couldn't have been more than 15 looking like like she'd "been through pure hell." Sensing something wasn't right about this disheveled girl sitting next to a rather sharply dressed man, Fedrick was able to step in before things got incredibly worse.
Thinking fast, Fedrick was able to get the girl's attention to let her know that she needed to head to the bathroom. In there the flight attendant left a note showing concern. Thankfully the girl wrote back that yes, Fedrick was right—she was in need of serious help. With that, the police were alerted and the teen was saved and added to the growing list of the 400 victims US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials saved just last year.
Fedrick wasn't the only person to save someone from human trafficking. In December 2016 Uber driver Keith Avila, was running around Sacramento, California like he usually does. He picked up two women and a teenage girl. Nothing out of the ordinary, they were heading to a Holiday Inn. What wasn't normal to Avila was the conversation going on behind him. The women kept mentioning a "John" they were delivering the teen to, and the money they would receive once the job was done.
As soon as he dropped them off, he immediately took his phone out to call the police. They arrived soon after to handle the situation as Avila streamed his reaction on Facebook Live. In all his time driving for Uber, he told NBC Latino, "I thought about people throwing up in the car as the worst scenario," but of course he faced much worse when he picked that trio up. Thankfully he was tuned into their conversation and was able to save that girl from the "John" and those women.
Like Fedrick said when all was said and done, "If you see something, say something."