15-year-old helps blind, deaf passenger communicate during flight


A 15-year-old girl is getting national attention for helping a blind and deaf passenger aboard a recent cross-country Alaska Airlines flight to Portland, Oregon. 

Clara Daly used sign language to help passenger Tim Cook feel more welcome and comfortable. 

Flight attendants made an announcement on the flight to see if anyone knew American Sign Language to help them better communicate with Cook. Daly volunteered to help, and signed into Cook’s hand so he could feel the words.

β€œHe just wanted to talk,” Daly told NBC affiliate KGW. β€œI sat with Tim a few times on the flight and toward the end for about 30 minutes.”

Daly and her mother weren’t originally scheduled to be on that flight. Their non-stop flight to Los Angeles from Boston had been canceled, and they were put on the Portland flight at the last minute. 

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