A US blogger was left devastated after being asked to leave first class on an airplane because of her crying baby – but not everyone has been sympathetic to her plight.
Arielle Noa Charnas, blogger at Something Navy, took to her Instagram account this week to complain about the treatment she received on a recent Delta Airlines flight to LA.
Despite booking first class specifically so she would have extra room with her nine-month-old daughter, Ruby, she was left upset and disappointed when a flight attendant asked them to leave.
On our way to LA a few days ago it was my first time flying with Ruby, I had a screaming crying sleepy baby who was so overwhelmed that she couldn't fall asleep. My husband and I paid for first class so that we'd have the extra space and could lay down with her - once we were boarded I was getting tons of eye rolls and head shakes from fellow passengers on @delta because my baby was crying (as if I could just look at Ruby and say okay now it's time to stop). I tried to ignore the people 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). 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. I don't know what's right and wrong when it comes to flying with a baby but after telling a few people the story they were in shock. Thoughts? We're headed back to NYC today and we're hoping for a much better experience.
Apparently, fellow passengers were none too pleased when a ‘screaming, crying, sleepy’ Ruby couldn’t fall asleep, and after sharing ‘tonnes of eye-rolls and headshakes’, they notified staff.
“I was upsetting and getting a lot of complaints from the first class passengers,” explained Arielle, who admitted that she broke down in tears with the stress and frustration of the situation.
The family were then asked to move to the back of the plane – and the stewardess ‘made the situation worse’ by showing a distinct lack of compassion and kindness to the mother.
“I don’t know what’s right and wrong when it comes to flying with a baby, but after telling a few people the story, they were in shock. Thoughts?” Arielle wrote, reaching out to her 942K-strong Insta-following.
While some fans were sympathetic, the majority sided with the passengers who had paid for ‘a more enjoyable experience’ in first class.
“A baby crying is not more enjoyable. Flying with a baby, you should always sit in the back,” wrote one follower.
Elsewhere, another chimed in: “As hard as it may be to understand, it’s actually not just about you. What about all those other passengers that paid extra for first class? They paid extra to have peace, quiet and space. If it were me, as soon as my baby was crying I would have moved myself.”
What are your thoughts?