Airline traveler asks couple to stop changing baby’s diaper on seat tray: ‘No idea’
A woman raised a stink about a stinky nappies dilemma while traveling by plane – and found herself flying through hostile skies when the parents of the child in question didn’t appreciate her request .
Writing on Reddit to the subreddit community known as AITA (“Am I the asshole”), a self-described 28-year-old woman said she was recently on a flight for several hours, “sitting behind a couple with a baby.”
Reddit user called ‘No_Cartographer8186’ wrote, “I’m a really nauseous traveler so I took a Dramamine beforehand and did my best to sleep during the flight.”
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No luck, however.
“It didn’t happen because of the baby crying, but hey, I know flights are scary and stressful for babies and there was nothing anyone could do about it,” she wrote.
She said that instead, “what struck me was that the couple changed their baby’s extremely smelly number two diaper in the middle of their seats – using the mother’s food tray as a changing table.
The traveler said they “were at the back of the plane, right next to the bathrooms, which I confirmed had changing tables when I had to go back there to vomit after that the smell hit me,” she noted.
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“I didn’t say anything the first time, but the second time I heard them going into the diaper bag a few hours later, I asked if they could go to the bathroom on the plane instead of exposing everyone on the plane to the smell,” the woman wrote on Reddit.
“The stewardess in the back of the plane agreed with me and asked them to only use the toilet to change their baby.”
Following this request, “the mother went on me”, added the woman on Reddit, “and said that I had no idea how stressful it was to travel with a baby, which is true – I have no children.”
She continued: “The stewardess in the back of the plane agreed with me and asked them to use the toilet only to change their baby.”
Additionally, he says, “a few minutes later the pilot announced that all diaper changes had to be done in the bathrooms, after which both parents seemed extremely annoyed.”
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The woman on Reddit asked others on the social media site: “AITA for asking them to stop changing their baby in the middle of the plane and inadvertently bringing it to the attention of the crew driving ?”
Fox News Digital reached out to a psychologist to get some insight into the plane drama.
Many people, meanwhile, weighed in on the woman’s situation with their own thoughts. Nearly 5,000 people reacted to the woman’s account, with some 850 people writing individual comments about it.
“Exposing people in a closed metal tube thousands of feet in the air to this is criminal.”
Most people said the woman was not at all wrong for proposing – and pointed out that the parents’ actions were not only unsanitary but also dangerous. One person said on this note: “A changing table (in the airplane lavatory) has a loop. Imagine if there was unexpected turbulence.”
Another person wrote bluntly – eliciting 1,000 reactions from him – “Exposing people in a closed metal tube thousands of feet in the air to this is criminal.”
Someone else said: “People eat off these (food) trays and although I know they (airline crews) are supposed to clean them between flights let’s be honest sometimes they can miss .”
“It’s real. I work in aviation and have seen it countless times.”
Another commenter said: “I mean, on most planes the lavatory is so small that changing a baby in it is an acrobatic feat. But, you (must) do it for the good of everyone else in the plane. plane !”
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Added the original situation poster in a later edit of his post – after some commenters questioned whether the story was ‘real’ or not – “It’s very, very real. It wasn’t a overcrowded flight.”
She said she and her husband “and the other couple were the only ones doing a few rows towards the back of the plane – and the flight attendant wasn’t there the first time (the couple) did it”.
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Another commenter noted, “Oh it’s real. I work in aviation and have seen it countless times.”
That same commenter continued, “Parents are always shocked when asked not to. Also, I asked them to leave dirty nappies open on the floor as revenge for being asked to use the changing tables.”
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She added: “Oh, and the trays aren’t cleaned between flights. Only at night.”
Another person wrote, “Never eat directly off a tray table EVER.”