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1. When their flight was canceled, 13 strangers rented a van and went on a road trip

After their evening flight from Orlando to Knoxville was canceled earlier this month, 13 passengers decided to band together and hit the road, renting a van so they could get to Tennessee by morning. In all, 13 people decided to drive to Knoxville, including Carlos Cordero, his partner, and their daughter. "We got a really good vibe, because these are regular normal wholesome people trying to get home and having things that they need to take care of," he told CNN Travel. At the start of the trip, passenger Alanah Story pulled out her phone and asked the others to introduce themselves for a TikTok video. She chronicled the drive to her followers, who were curious about how it would go. Cordero drove most of the way, as the passengers chatted or tried to get some sleep. "Everybody was awesome," he said. "It almost went too perfect. There was no traffic. Everyone got along, everyone pitched in. It was just seamless." While the passengers caution that people need to follow their instincts and not hop into cars with strangers, they all felt safe during the drive, and many plan on keeping in touch. "I feel like this situation for me specifically kind of restored my trust in humanity a little bit," Story said.

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Catherine Garcia, The Week US

Catherine Garcia is night editor for TheWeek.com. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.