We all lead busy and hectic lives. On your daily commute or even a trip to your local store – it’s easy to get wrapped up in your own thoughts.
I can’t imagine what it must be like to work as a flight attendant. You have hundreds of passengers to take care of, sometimes for hours on end.
That’s what makes what Shelia Fedrick did even more incredible.
The flight attendant rescued a girl from human trafficking after she spotted the disheveled looking teen sitting on a plane.
Shelia Fedrick, 49, was working on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to San Francisco when she noticed the scared looking female.
She looked around 14 or 15 years old and was sitting in a window seat next to a well-dressed older man.
Fedrick said the teenage victim had ‘greasy blond hair’ and looked like she ‘had been through pure hell’.
Whenever Fedrick went over to the passengers, the girl would not look or talk and only the man would respond.
As the stewardess tried to make conversation with the pair, the male became more and more hostile.
The savvy stewardess from Alabama eventually relayed a message to the girl to go to the bathroom.
Fedrick left her a note on the mirror asking if she was okay. ‘She wrote back that she needed help,’ Fedrick said.
Shelia immediately told the pilot about the situation, who contacted the police.
Officers were waiting for the man at the terminal when the plane landed and arrested him.
‘I’ve been a flight attendant for 10 years and it’s like I am going all the way back to when I was in training and I was like I could have seen these young girls and young boys and didn’t even know,’ she told WTSP.
Fedrick said she has kept in contact with the girl she rescued over the past few years, who is now thankfully attending college.
Flight attendants now have compulsory courses on how to spot human trafficking as part of their training, reported airlineamb.org.
In her spare time Fedrick works as an actress and model.
In her Star Now profile Fedrick says: ‘I love to smile, like being around people, that’s why I’m a flight attendant. Loving working with people and taking risk.’
She has also worked as an extra on HBO and Lifetime shows and appeared in Ebony Magazine.