December 19, 2019

While waiting to board a Virgin Atlantic flight to New York City, two passengers named Jack and Violet struck up a conversation, and Jack learned that Violet — an 88-year-old retired nurse — had always wanted to fly in the first-class cabin.

Once they got on the plane, they went their separate ways, but soon, Jack found Violet in the economy section and asked if she would switch seats with him. He was sitting in first class, and wanted Violet to take his spot.

Flight attendant Leah Amy wrote on Facebook that she watched as Violet settled into her plush seat and Jack sat down in his new space, right by the bathrooms. "He never made a peep or asked for anything the rest of the flight," she said. "No fuss, no attention, literally did it out of the kindness of his own heart."

Violet visits New York as often as she can to see her daughter, and this was her first trip since having a knee replacement. She enjoyed a nice dinner and turning her seat into a bed, and asked that her picture be taken because her daughter wouldn't believe what happened. "Her dream has always been to sit at the front, and Jack made that come true," Leah Amy said. Catherine Garcia

2:30 p.m.

Mort Drucker, the beloved artist known for his work at MAD magazine, has died at 91.

Drucker died Wednesday at his home in New York, his friend John Reiner confirmed to The New York Times. Reiner told CNN's Jake Tapper his death was not thought to be related to COVID-19.

After joining MAD in 1956, Drucker's hilarious caricatures satirizing pop culture soon became iconic, and he illustrated more than half of the magazine's movie parodies from the 1960s through 2008, per the Times. In a 2000 interview with the Times, he noted, "I think I've drawn almost everyone in Hollywood."

Among Drucker's other notable work includes the poster for George Lucas' American Graffiti; according to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucas personally drove to Drucker's home on Long Island to convince him to draw it.

"The World has lost a not just an extraordinary talent but a shining example of kindness, humility and humor," the National Cartoonists Society said in a statement.

MAD fans on Thursday quickly began sharing their favorite cartoons from Drucker's legendary career, including his parodies of Jaws and Star Wars. "Many of his illustrations are as vivid in my mind as the movies and TV shows that inspired them," The New York Times' Dave Itzkoff wrote.

Reiner told CNN's Jake Tapper that Drucker's final words to him were, "I'm the luckiest man — I've had a wonderful life." Brendan Morrow

2:11 p.m.

First lady Melania Trump is officially donning a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, although the jury's still out on whether her husband will follow suit.

In a social media post Thursday, the first lady shared a photo of herself wearing what appears to be a surgical mask, touting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation "to wear cloth face coverings."

"Remember, this does NOT replace the importance of social distancing," she wrote. "It is recommended to keep us all safe."

Melania's masking comes one week after President Trump announced he would not be wearing a mask, despite the CDC-issued guidelines urging people to do so. At the time, Trump implied that it would be odd to be "sitting in the Oval Office, behind that beautiful Resolute Desk" while wearing a mask, so it's unclear how he's taking this news.

The photo of the first lady appears to show her wearing a surgical mask rather than the CDC-recommended "cloth face covering," the former of which is recommended only for use by health care professionals and medical first responders amid critical supply shortages.