American Airlines pilot retiring after 35 years gives his wings to Central Florida toddler with Down syndrome

in Central Florida News & Events

SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel

An American Airlines pilot capped off his final flight last week by giving his wings to a Central Florida toddler with Down syndrome.

Captain Joe Weis, retiring after about 35 years, made the gesture on the tarmac at Miami International Airport on October 2 after Flight 69 from Madrid landed.

Ki Klitenick, 2, of Ocala smiled, clapped and said “thank you” in sign language after Weis pinned the keepsake onto the toddler’s shirt in the cockpit of the Boeing 777-200.

American Airlines brought back kids’ commemorative wings in 2016, but this was the real thing.