Jeff Fell, an American pilot with American Airlines, has touched the hearts of millions in a viral video showing his emotional goodbye on his final flight after a remarkable 32-year career.
In the video, shared on TikTok by a passenger named Justin Harrison, Fell is seen giving a tearful speech before taking off for the last time.
Fell, who usually keeps to the cockpit, decided to address the passengers for this special occasion.
He acknowledges the emotional weight of the moment, asking for forgiveness if he becomes overwhelmed with emotions. True to his words, Fell is soon seen with tears streaming down his face.
The pilot's emotional state is further heightened by the presence of his closest family members aboard the flight, who joined to celebrate his retirement.
In his heartfelt address, Fell expresses gratitude to all passengers for being part of this significant moment in his life. He pays a special tribute to his wife, Julie, praising her as the rock of their family and marriage throughout most of his 32 years with American Airlines. Fell looks forward to starting a new chapter in life with her.
The video concludes with Fell returning to his professional role, welcoming everyone aboard. Since being uploaded, the video has garnered over three million views, significantly higher than the average views on Harrison's TikTok account.
Fell's emotional farewell resonates with viewers, many of whom have left thousands of comments and likes, expressing their admiration and best wishes for the newly retired pilot.
For a closer look at this touching moment, see the touching farewell right here: