You board the plane. You put your bag in the overhead compartment, and you take your seat. You relax. Until you realize there’s a mother with a baby in the seat in front of you. And your heart sinks, right?
Well, imagine being the mother! Flying with a tiny passenger is a stressful experience for everybody involved, not least the parent who has to keep her confused, grumpy, and often distressed child calm and content for the four, six, perhaps even 10-hour journey (sigh!).
A story surfaced recently of one forward-thinking mom, traveling with her new baby. This mom had clearly been a passenger on a long-haul flight with babies on board before, and she had the utmost empathy for her co-passengers.
Hoping to avoid any nasty confrontations, the mom walked around the plane herself and gave a hand-packaged gift bag to each and every passenger: a preemptive apology for her baby’s behavior!
The diligent mom knew exactly what to provide. She dished out more than 200 little bags containing the all-essential ear plugs, nerve-assuaging candy, and a note, written from the perspective of her baby, Junwoo.
“I’m a little bit nervous and [scared],” the note read, “because it’s my first flight in my life, which means that I may cry or make too much noise.”
The note implored passengers to use their ear plugs if the crying became intolerable.
Dave Corona was one passenger on this flight. He received a bag, and shared a photo on Facebook. This flight was no short domestic hop across state lines—it was a whopping 10-hour journey from Korea all the way to San Francisco. But, according to Corona, there was “not a peep out of the kid” throughout the entire journey. Although, with kids, “expect the unexpected,” he added.
Corona was very touched by the gesture, as were a large percentage of the passengers on board that lengthy flight, we have no doubt.
Perhaps this generous mom had taken a leaf out of George Clooney and his wife Amal’s book? The celebrity pair flew with their brand-new twins Alexander and Ella in 2017, and gifted top-of-the-range noise-canceling headphones to their fellow first-class passengers.
We certainly wish we’d been on that flight! First-class service, celebrity eye candy, and an expensive, free gift? That’s a heavenly journey.
Some comments on social media have voiced dissension, however, suggesting that parents shouldn’t have to apologize for their children, even in enclosed public spaces. Parents and their children should not be made to feel “unwelcome” on flights, one reader commented.
Another added depth to the debate, saying: “It’s the WORST FEELING as a mom to not be able to comfort or calm down my crying child. I would hope people could understand that.”
On a Ten hour flight from Seoul Korea to San Francisco, a mother handed out more than 200 goodie bags filled with candy…
Whatever your perspective, it’s certainly touching to see the efforts of one mom to make peace with her fellow passengers and ensure the most pleasant journey possible for everyone involved. We hope little Junwoo enjoyed her first-ever flight, too!
Her contented silence spoke volumes.
How do you feel about babies on flights? Would you have enjoyed this sweet gesture from a concerned mom? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!
Photo courtesy of Dave Corona ( Facebook )