A Turkish Airlines pilot halted the deportation of an Afghan man denied asylum when he refused to take off out of Heathrow after he heard the man weeping. The unidentified pilot came off the plane & said “You’re not going to take him. I’m not flying. Someone’s life is at risk.” European aviation regulations give the pilot authority over the safety of passengers. The 22-year-old man was removed from the plane & has another shot at seeking asylum.

Deep respect for the pilot. Such is the mettle of the best of us.