It’s the kind of story that pops up every couple of months.
Nervous first time parents flying with their new babies, handing out goodie bags to their fellow flyers to appease them in case their babies should, you know, behave in the way that babies often do and cry if they’re unsettled by a new experience.
Galese writes, “Before the flight took off, the parents passed around these goodie bags to the other passengers around them. Such a thoughtful, simple act of kindness that I am so happy to have experienced.”
But here’s the thing.
They’re babies. Babies cry. And if you’re the kind of person that needs a lolly snake and a fantale to deal with that, then you’re probably an arsehole.
Babies have as much right to be on an aeroplane as the guy in front of you who reclines his seat despite the fact that it’s a two hour domestic flight. Or the woman next to you who brought three items carry on items and has taken up all the overhead locker space. Or the other woman behind you with the eye watering perfume that has set off all your allergies. Or the guy across the aisle who has taken his shoes off and really, when was the last time he put on clean socks?
There are lots of people who do shitty things on flights and they aren’t bringing goodie bags to make you feel better about the fact that you’re an arsehole.