Southwest holds plane so man can see dying grandson

January 14, 2011 1:23:51 PM PST
A Southwest airlines pilot is being hailed for a tremendous act of compassion. He delayed his plane so a passenger could make the flight and say goodbye to his dying grandson.

The passenger, Mark Dickinson, arrived at Los Angeles International Airport two hours before departure last week. But lengthy check-in lines put him close to missing his flight to Denver.

TSA agents would not rush him through security, even though he explained his predicament. The flight's pilot learned of Dickinson's situation and held the plane so he could make the flight.

Mark arrived in Denver just before his 2-year-old grandson was taken off life support. Southwest says while holding a flight is not usual procedure, the pilot did the right thing.