I know just as well as anyone that spending time with your loved ones over the festive period can be difficult to manage.

Not only do Virgin Trains swindle me out of close to £100 for a train ticket back to ‘The North’ but while I’m here I also have to forgo visiting my extended family in order to deliver you, the people, quality written #content.

It’s a thankless task but hey, news never stops.

I say this because one dutiful father has gone above and beyond the call of…duty to see his family this Christmas, buying multiple plane tickets across the US just so he could be with his flight attendant daughter.

Pierce Vaughan, a flight attendant for Delta Airlines, had to work several flights throughout Christmas Eve and Day, even though her father Hal was desperate to spend the festive season with her.

When Hal realised they’d be apart, he decided to join her instead, flying from Florida, to Detroit, to Massachusetts with his daughter as she attended to passengers.

Pierce’s story went viral after a passenger, who was seated next to Hal on one of the flights, shared the encounter on Facebook Monday.

“I had the pleasure of sitting next to Hal on my flight back home. His daughter Pierce was our flight attendant who had to work over Christmas,” Mike Levy wrote on Facebook alongside of a photo of himself with Hal as well as a photo of Pierce in her flight attendant uniform.

“Hal decided he would spend the holiday with her. So, he is flying on each of her flights today and tomorrow around the country to spend time with his daughter for Christmas. What a fantastic father! Wish you both a very Merry Christmas!”

I had the pleasure of sitting next to Hal on my flight back home. His daughter Pierce was our flight attendant who had…

Posted by Mike Levy on Monday, 24 December 2018

On Christmas, Pierce posted on Facebook to her mother, Kimberly, to let her know that Hal made it safely on all the flights – and even got bumped to first class on one of the trips. “Look ma we made it,” she wrote.

“Dad’s first trip using his benefits was a success! A special thanks to all of the patient, wonderful gate agents around the country and my perfect crew. He made it on every flight and even got first class (from Fort Worth, Florida to Detroit) (Christmas miracle).”

Shoutout to Mike Levy for being a great first class passenger & helping us to understand how cool this actually is!”

This is a great story and all but it only serves to remind me how shocking my own family are at visiting.

I know this is her dad but some of my cousins live at the bottom of my road and they can’t be arsed to pop round.

My excuse is that I’ve been working, what’s yours Roache family?

They don’t read my articles.