Being trapped at the airport after a flight cancellation is upsetting enough in itself, but imagine if you’re trying to get to get your father’s funeral the very next day.
That’s the exact place Jelena Ma, a mother of two, found herself in while attempting to travel from Detroit to New York City on June 28.
“While I was waiting in line to transfer my ticket to another flight, Jelena approached me to explain her situation,” Zach Rotter, 21, told GoodMorningAmerica.com. “Her father’s funeral was the next morning at 9 a.m. in New York City. She wanted to drive there because the next flight to get into the city wasn’t until the following afternoon.”
Rotter and another young woman in line, Leanne Falzon, who were both as frustrated with the flight situation as Ma, agreed they would all rent a car together and hit the road in attempt to get Ma to NYC by morning in order to attend her father’s funeral.