Parents on Flight Give Everyone on Plane a Gift Bag for Tolerating their Babies 07 Sep 12

Being crammed in close quarters with your fellow humans creates the potential for multiple incidents of annoyance. Add a plane to the mix and put everyone 35,000 feet in the air, and things can become even more tense. In an effort to not be a source of frustration, parents with a set of twin baby boys buttered-up everyone on their flight with a bag of candy and a heartfelt message.

One of the passengers reported the incident on Reddit along with a photo of the goodie bag and called the parents “brilliant” and “thoughtful.” The bag contained an assortment of candies and the message, “Hello! We’re twin baby boys on our first flight, and we’re only 14 weeks old. We’ll try to be on our best behavior, but we’d like to apologize in advance just in case we lose our cool, get scared, or our ears hurt.” The note goes on to say that their parents have ear plugs available to anyone who needs them.

For the most part, those hearing about the gesture are responding positively and consider the parents to be responsible and thoughtful. One Reddit reader wrote, “I love when people are overly considerate. It makes me tolerant of any behavior.” Still, there are some who think the approach was unnecessary as evident by comments such as, “… aren’t we all adults who can understand that babies are prone to bouts of crying,” and “…kids have to travel too.”

Apparently all worked out well as one passenger reported, “The parents were fantastic, and the kids were better than would be expected. Saw them meeting the dad’s parents at baggage who were seeing babies for the first time and got a bit teary.”

What’s your opinion? Would such a deed make you more tolerant of a disruptive baby on a plane, or would you still be annoyed even if the candy did bribe you into submission?

  • Kimberley Schumann

    I am not annoyed when babies act up on a plane, I expect it. They are just infants who are expressing their feelings. The ones I get annoyed with are the 8 to 12 year range who act up and the parents just let them!

  • karen k

    I dont think that the gift bags were necessary but I am sure some people were more tolerable of the babies acting out knowing that they were thoughtful enough to think about the other passengers ahead of time. What a nice idea but necessary.