Sorry, but she's not wrong.
We’ve all seen those sickeningly sweet pictures of “airplane baby goody bags” on the internet. You know the ones: Travelers have been posting them everywhere over the past few years, gushing about the considerate parents who (although they are dealing with newborn babies) took the time out of their day to give a plane full of grown adults candy and an apology. And for what? Having a child.
Sure, the bags are cute and they might get you a lot of likes on Insta, but is it necessary? Cassie Murdoch says no. And I’ve got to agree.
Earlier this week, Mashable published a piece by “sex, relationships & lifestyle reporter” Cassie Murdoch, and she’s got a message for all you annoyed travelers out there: She doesn’t owe you a thing.
Grow Up, Guys!
After seeing numerous posts about these “airplane goody bags,” Murdoch felt that she had to speak out. She explains how it feels as a mother of twins, to feel pressure to partake, even though she’s got enough to worry about.
Murdoch explains that she resents how the power of this particular viral-trend might set “unrealistic expectation[s]” that parents on planes owe it to their fellow passengers to grovel or beg forgiveness on the off chance that their baby acts like a baby.
She’s got a point
She goes on to say that, while babies can be annoying on planes, they’re no more annoying than air travel itself—or adult travelers, for that matter.
“I once spent a flight trapped next to a man who packed and consumed not one but three intensely smelly tuna sandwiches during the course of the trip. I did not receive a single goody bag for my suffering,” she offers.
I think that we can all relate to that!