Flying with a baby can be tough. The tears, the screams, the tantrums, the fidgeting, the kicking. Oh, the kicking, whether it’s you taking the brunt of their surprisingly powerful chubby little legs, or the seat back of the poor person in front of you. Either way, it can suck.
It’s not like you don’t feel bad, because you do. But you also feel mad. Those irritated looks thrown your way can make you hot and sweaty with embarrassment and frustration. And, yes, rage. Because it’s not like you’re not trying. We can’t all be blessed with peaceful, relaxed babies.
Unlike Air Canada, whose Tango service charges you extra if you want to sit next to your child, Jet Blue is giving things away. Thanks to the airline, a crying baby can be a benefit. The airline created an ad for Mother’s Day that shows some worried moms about to take a trip. They enter the gate with their squirmy babes, and the looks of their fellow passengers all say the same thing: “Please don’t let that woman and her baby be sitting next to me.”
Watching one woman and her baby squeeze between two unhappy-looking passengers who can’t wait to pop on their headphones, you can’t help but feel bad — for all four of them. The same goes for the other moms and dads and their babies smattered around the plane. The tension is high.
But that’s when the flight attendant makes an announcement on this special flight: every time a baby cries, everyone on board gets 25% off a ticket. So if you do the third-grade math, if four babies cry, that’s a free flight! Everyone changed their tune after that and would even applaud when a baby started wailing. Yes, they got a nice reward but it should also serve as a reminder to show some compassion for parents travelling with kids.
A very cool Mother’s Day treat, right? But how awesome would this be if this was JetBlue’s policy going forward? Obviously not 25% off flights but what about discounts off merchandise. Or snacks? Oooh, or drinks! That would make everyone happy. Just no pinching the babies to make them cry. They’ll do it all on their own.