The passenger was terrified.
On board a winter flight to Kodiak, heavy turbulence relentlessly bounced the DC3 as it made its way through the pitch-black sky, and a young stewardess was out of options. Ellen Wilson had tried everything she could to calm one passenger’s nerves -- to no avail. It was the 1950s, and although commercial aviation was opening transportation options like never before across Alaska, being airborne still frightened some people.
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Seeking help, Wilson went to the cabin and asked the pilot for ideas. Pointing to the wingtips, he said, “Go back and show her the lights on either side of the airplane and tell her so long as we are between those two lights, everything’s going to be OK.”
Decades later, Wilson recalls how, despite her skepticism, she followed his suggestion. The passenger immediately settled down and spent the rest of the flight gazing contentedly at the lights. “She kept us right between those two,” Wilson -- now Ellen Sassara -- says with a laugh.
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