Sheila Fedrick is being hailed as a hero after the flight attendant spotted a disheveled girl on a flight and discovered that she was a victim of human trafficking --- a story that's now going viral online.
The Alaska Airlines employee shared her story of the harrowing incident, which happened on a plane that boarded in Seattle back in 2011. In an interview with NBC News, Fedrick said that something looked out of place as the girl was a mess with greasy blonde hair but accompanied by an older, well-dressed man.
Sheila Fredrick said she tried to talk to the girl, but the man grew defensive, and she wasn't able to get to the bottom of the situation.
That's when Fredrick got an idea.
"I left a note in one of the bathrooms," Fedrick told NBC News (via the New York Daily News). "She wrote back on the note and said, 'I need help.' "
After the desperate plea from the girl, Sheila Fredrick told he pilot, who alerted authorities in San Francisco. When the plane landed, police were waiting, and the girl was rescued.