Heroes of the Week: Eagle-Eyed Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendants Save 3 Girls From Human Trafficking
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Human trafficking is a tremendous problem in the world today, so much so that flight attendants sometimes find themselves on the front lines trying to save people from this terrible fate.
Take, for example, a recent Hawaiian Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu on which three flight attendants noticed something was off, and acted immediately. The flight attendants just had a gut feeling that something wasn’t quite right, Hawaii News Now reported.
Would you follow your gut like these flight attendants? These Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants saved three girls from human trafficking on a recent inbound flight to Honolulu.
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Wes Hirata noticed an older man boarding the flight with three girls and it didn’t seem right to him. He told his fellow flight attendants, who looked into the situation and discovered one of the girls was underaged – and that all three of them had the same last name listed on the manifest.
The flight attendants told the captain, who notified the operations center and security, and officers were waiting to greet the flight when it arrived in Honolulu.
The man suspected of human trafficking is now under investigation by the FBI.
Mr Hirata told Yahoo that anyone who encountered such situations should trust their instincts. “Trust your gut and prior experience [and] report the situation without alarming or confronting the passengers in a suspicious manner,” he said.
Let this be an important reminder to always follow your instincts. If something feels off or wrong, it just may be.
This isn’t the first time an incident like this has occurred. Last year, on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to San Francisco, a flight attendant also stepped in and ended up saving a teenage girl from human trafficking.