Sunday, October 2, 2022

After Airline Refuses to Let Dad and Newborn Fly, Good Samaritan Cares for Them at Her Home [VIDEO]

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*When Frontier Airlines refused to let a father fly cross-country with his newborn baby, a Good Samaritan stepped in and offered to help the doting father in the most epic way. 

A hospital volunteer agreed to house a man and his four-day-old daughter after Frontier Airlines said the infant was too young to fly, FOX News reports. 

Joy Ringhofer, 78, is being hailed a hero after she came to the aid of Ohio dad Rubin Swift, 43,when he was left stranded at an Arizona airport with his newborn daughter . 

Swift planned to fly back to his home in Cleveland after being awarded custody of his baby girl, Ru-Andria, according to AZ Family. But once they arrived at the airport, the airline turned him away because he could not provide documents proving her age. He was informed that needed a birth certificate and a note from the hospital clearing the baby to fly.

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Joy Ringhofer baby & father

Rubin met Joy at the Banner University Medical Center, where he first laid eyes on his daughter. Joy said she felt compelled to give him her phone number after seeing his pride over the newborn. She even gave Rubin a ride to the airport. Once there, however, he learned of Frontier’s age policy requiring an infant to be at least seven days old before he or she is allowed to fly. Realizing it would take him a week to acquire the proper documentation, and being short on money for a hotel room, Rubin was prepared to crash at the airport for several days… until he remembered Joy.

“When he called me from the airport and told me that they weren’t going to let him fly until he could get a birth certificate in four days, I felt panicked … I didn’t want him to sleep at the airport. I was scared because it looked like we were out of options,” Joy said.

She added, “I told him, ‘I’m going to take you home with me,’ so wait right there. There are a lot of dangers out there, but there’s a lot of good, too. I’d enjoyed talking to Rubin at the hospital and helping him with the baby. He was polite and kind and I could tell that he had a good heart.”

For the next four days, Rubin and Joy took care of Ru-Andria. 

“I didn’t expect her to say, ‘I’m coming to get you and take you home.’ So, I’m thinking, ‘She is going to drive me back to Cleveland’ but she actually brought me to her house and feeding me and making sure my baby is alright,” Swift said to AZ Central.

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Ringhofer let the two stay at her home until the baby was seven days old and able to fly back to Ohio.

“I had such a strong feeling that I needed to do this for him,” said Ringhofer.  “I know he was a kind and safe man to have in my home and he has been a perfect gentleman.”

“We’re two different colors and she opened up her door and it never was an issue,” said Swift. “My color was never an issue. She loves my baby. She held her. My baby was with her all night. Who does that?”

Swift has made Ringhofer an honorary grandmother of his daughter and is planning to visit her again once Ru-Andria is a bit older. 

“He promised to come back and visit me, and let me see her again,” said Ringhofer. “I’m looking forward to that.”

Scroll up and hear more from Rubin and Joy via the clip above. 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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