Flying can be a stressful experience for many people. But for Erika Joergean Swart and her daughter, their trip could have been disastrous. When Gabby, nine, began to experience extreme anxiety, Erika became deeply concerned – until she noticed one of the flight attendants taking a special interest in their plight.
Erika was travelling with her children on a Southwest Airlines flight from Orlando to Newark when Gabby started to feel anxious. Erika’s husband wasn’t on the flight, and she was sitting with her two younger daughters, aged four and seven. The mom-of-three later told People that her elest daughter wasn’t normally a fearful child, so the panic attack had been unexpected.