An unnamed mum travelling from Seoul, South Korea to the US has made the news with her generous idea!
Let’s face it, a crying baby on a long flight can be upsetting for all involved. It’s not nice to hear a little one so upset, and people who are less tolerant of children are known to find the sound irksome (as unreasonable as this may be – we were all babies once). This can put a lot of parents off flying until their child is older!
However, this Korean mum decided to take preemptive action and win over her fellow passengers during their 10 hour flight…
The sweet note read shared by Dave Corona on Facebook (we can’t find the original post to credit) read:
“Hello, I’m Junwoo and I’m 4 months old. Today I am going to the U.S. with my mom and grandmom to see my aunt. I’m a little bit nervous because it’s my first flight in my life, which means that I may cry or make too much noise. I will try to go quietly, though I can’t make any promises. Please excuse me. So my mom prepared a little goodie bag for you! It has some candies and earplugs. Please use it when it’s too noisy because of me. Enjoy your trip. Thank you.”
We asked the mums in our online community to share their thoughts – would they do the same?
Lauren told us…
“It’s a sweet gesture but I wouldn’t do it. I paid the same for my ticket as other people on the plane so its not like I owe them anything and sometimes babies cry. I understand it can be irritating I’ve flown without taking my kids and yeah it can be a pain in the arse hearing a baby cry for a few hours straight but I’m always prepared for the flight with my own ear phones.”
Helen told us…
“I find it sad she felt the need to do this, baby’s cry, she’s on a public flight, she paid for her ticket like everyone else!”
Katie told us…
“I wouldn’t do this. A mother/father should not have to worry about other passengers, they have enough to worry about looking after their baby. A baby will cry and get fed up no matter what. I mean it’s a sweet idea but I wouldn’t personally do it. I mean would a loud snorer think about this or someone who has got a bit too merry and excitable on the flight? I just think babies and toddlers are allowed to express themselves like everyone else.”
Harriet told us…
“Incredibly thoughtful and considerate but completely unnecessary!”
So, the unanimous opinion was that, although this was a kind act and very thoughtful on the part of the mum, it wasn’t necessary. Some mums even felt upset that the mum felt that she had to please others, which we can understand. Babies do cry, we were all babies once, and she did pay for her seat on a public flight. Either way, we think that it’s a lovely gesture and a really nice way to neutralise any potential hostility – as awful it is that anyone would face this for their baby simply crying!
Would you do the same? Tell us in the comments!
Love from Katie & Team BBY. Xx