Flying Parents Handing Out Goody Bags To Fellow Passengers Better Not Become A Thing
On a flight bound for Miami last week, some parents taking their first flight with their one-year-old daughter made goody bags for the fellow passengers they may or may not disturb. One of those passengers posted a photo of the goody bag to Reddit:
“Hi my name is Madeline. I will be 1 on December 17th and this is my first flight. I’ll try to be on my best behavior but I’d like to apologize in advance if I lose my cool, get scared, or my ears hurt…”
The passenger, Danaus Chang, told Today.com, “I was definitely not looking forward to be sitting near a crying baby of generally loud passengers, I felt like the stereotypical unloving businessman.” He said his thoughts about the flight totally changed when he got the goody bag: “It was like a scene straight out of ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.’ I was literally sitting there smiling. I looked around and saw at least eight other smiling faces as well.”
This is a cute idea and the parents are very thoughtful, but I have to point out that it’s a giant waste of time. Chang is obviously not the kind of person who makes a big fuss about babies crying on a flight. If he was, his attitude wouldn’t completely shift after being handed three Rolos.
Seriously, think about it. If this baby screamed bloody murder the entire flight, the passengers with the goody bags full of three Rolos, some Junior Mints and a note supposedly written by an infant, would not be less annoyed. They just wouldn’t. If the baby was a perfect angel, the little bags would be a nice touch.
The problem is, it perpetuates the idea that parents with crying babies on planes aren’t doing enough to calm them. So “good” parents have to add another step to their flights with baby? Making cheap goody bags to try to win the approval of people they don’t know? Sorry for being a Scrooge, but in my humble opinion these bags are pointless.