Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Please Don't....

I see this happen more than I would like to and I am sure the passengers around me would agree. Please don't change the baby in the seat. There are changing tables in at least one lavatory on board any given aircraft. Would you change a child in the middle of an aisle in Wal-Mart? I don't think anyone will disagree with me. This is one of the most unpleasant things you can do to anyone traveling experience.

I had a young woman recently do this on board one of my flights. I saw it coming. I could just tell she was about to do it. I played it off as I came down the aisle. Hi, if you would like there are changing tables located in the lavatories in the rear of the aircraft. "Oh no she said, he is much to large for a changing table." Oh, I said as I continued down the aisle. I could not help but wonder what could make an adult think that it is ok to change your child in a seat on an airplane. Not only how unsanitary it is but also there are too many pedophiles and craziness every where around us. Can a person really be okay with exposing their child to the general public?

As I am standing in the galley having lunch she brings her child's dirty diaper and ask me to take it. Huh is my expression as I begin to wonder why would the dirty diaper not go in the trash can in the lavatory where one is suppose to change their child? I stood there in disbelief as I reached for a trash bag to give her. And before I could breath in, I opened the galley trash can for her to dispose of her child's dirty diaper. As the diaper left her hands, their was a grin on her face and I reciprocated with one. As soon as she left the galley a frown was on my face. Not just because of what had happened but because I now had to throw my half eaten lunch in the trash with the diaper. I could not eat for the remainder of the flight. Since then I only eat in the corner of the aircraft on my uncomfortable jump seat.

Can a person really be okay with exposing their child to the general public? I do not have children and I am unable to relate to a mother in this situation. Am I overreacting? Is this ok on board an aircraft?

What I would like for everyone to take away from this story is how we should be considerate of one another when traveling. It is a small space that we all must share. Think of others and lets all try to make every flight as comfortable as we can for everyone on board and not just ourselves. I would love to hear from everyone who reads this.

Smooches from the jumpseat,