By now, all of us know the story of, well, Toy Story. The classic animated film depicting the journey of lost toys Woody and Buzz Lightyear has captured the hearts of multiple generations, and even today, little kids have embraced the idea that maybe, just maybe, their toys have their own adventures when their owners aren’t watching.

One little boy’s Buzz Lightyear got an adventure of his own when two-year-old Hagen accidentally left him behind on the plane. Thankfully, though, the employees at Southwest Airlines returned Buzz to his best buddy and sent him on his way with evidence of his travels.

In a now-viral Facebook post, Southwest described Buzz’s journey.

“Hagen and his family had landed at Dallas Love Field and were already driving off in a rental car when they realized Hagen’s special buddy was left behind on the plane. By the time they noticed, the plane was already well on the way to its next destination. Eventually, the aircraft made it to Little Rock, where it was scheduled to terminate for the night. That’s where Jason, a Ramp Agent at LIT, noticed Hagen’s left-behind buddy.

“Jason knew someone was missing their friend badly, so he began some investigating to discover who he belonged to. Soon, a name written on the bottom of the boot caught Jason’s eye: “Hagen.” With the help of Beth, his Coheart, Jason learned there was only one “Hagen” who had traveled on that aircraft that day. Instantly, Jason came up with a plan…

“To Commander Hagen, I am very excited to return to you upon completing my mission. I was able to explore the airport and spaceport in Little Rock, Arkansas while I was away and have included photos of my adventure. My journey has taught me a lot but I am so thankful to return to my buddy. To infinity and beyond! Your buddy, Buzz Lightyear, Space Ranger”

“A few days later, Hagen and his family received a special surprise in the mail. Not only was his buddy returned, but he arrived in a hand-decorated box, complete with a letter describing his mission at Southwest Airlines, and pictures to boot.

““There’s definitely not enough good in this world, and for someone to take the time out of their day to do that for strangers means the world to us.” –Ashley, Hagen’s mom.

Thankfully, these two buddies are now reunited and happy as can be!

A heartwarming video of Hagen and his family unboxing the returned space traveler was also shared to social media. Before you watch, be warned: it’s just as likely to make you teary as Toy Story 3!


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