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Virgin Australia worker captured in sweet moment on tarmac

The 'heartwarming' footage has won hearts all over the country.

Sometimes it's the quiet, little moments at work that get you through the day. And for others, sometimes a friendly chat can make all the difference.

We know Aussies love our pets, with 29 million of them across the country, including six million dogs, our animal friends far outnumber us. Though it might be anxiety-inducing to travel with them on flights, it's nice to know there are some airport workers out there doing their best to make them feel safe.

Such was the case on a recent flight, where a traveller spotted a Virgin Australia crew member going the extra mile to care for her dog Daphne, who was travelling with her. The Queensland woman, from Port Douglas said it was Daphne's "first flight" and she "was so stressed" at first, but after spotting the sweet interaction her pet had with airport staff, she admitted she was "so happy to see this".

A Queensland traveller has shared a touching moment between her dog and a Virgin Australia baggage handler. Source: TikTok
A Queensland traveller has shared a touching moment between her dog and a Virgin Australia baggage handler. Source: TikTok

Adorable footage wins hearts

Branding the baggage crew "my heroes", the Queensland traveller uploaded a video to TikTok showing the staffer kneel down beside the dog's crate and tend to the animal as it sat on the tarmac. The baggage handler can be seen seemingly having a chat to Daphne, presumably to settle her amid all the loud aviation noise.

In the one and a half minute-long video, Daphne is eventually seen loaded onto the plane, very gently, before the flight takes off.

Heartwarming footage praised

People in the comments praised the Virgin Australia staff member, with the touching footage branded "heartwarming" and "beautiful". "This is so beautiful, all the love and respect for people like this!" a woman wrote.

"So sweet. My dad always takes extra care of the animals at Qantas [to] make sure they are comfortable ... giving fresh water and some extra love and care," a second said.

"Awww — was her name on the tag? You can tell he was wondering what to call her," another woman responded, to which the traveller confirmed that it was.

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