Blogger and new mama Arielle Charnas was booted from first class on a recent flight from NYC to LA over the holidays. Why? Because her adorable baby Ruby Lou was crying.
Oh honey, we have SO been there! She then went on to explain that she and her husband had purchased first class tix so they'd have extra space to lay down with Ruby, if necessary. But once the threesome boarded, they were met with eye rolls and head shakes from their fellow Delta passengers when their baby started to cry.
"I tried to ignore it until 10 minutes passed and a flight attendant came over to me and asked me and my baby to move to the back of the plane (as if the people in the back didn't matter)," Charnas recalled. "Give up our seats that we paid for and move. Apparently I was upsetting and getting a lot of complaints from the first class passengers. I started crying because I was so stressed and anxious and instead of the stewardess being helpful and compassionate she instead made the situation worse."
This is so sad. What a terrible first travel experience! This flight attendant should be ashamed. Flying with a baby is always a gamble—sometimes things go well, sometimes they don't. And a crew member should know that better than anyone!
I remember once when my daughter was a few months old, she screamed for an hour straight on a flight. But in my case, the flight attendants could not have been nicer. One even came over and even offered to help by lifting my angry child up from my tired arms and bouncing her around as she traipsed up and down the aisles.
Obviously, I got lucky on that flight. But the bottom line is: everyone has a right to fly and it just sucks that this new mama was made to feel like she was doing something wrong. Here's hoping this sweet family's return flight goes much more smoothly!