Air travel has become almost dehumanizing in the last decade, with passengers corralled into interminable line-ups, forced to remove their shoes, and pressured into either guzzling a litre of water on the spot or throwing it into a bin — both of which come with regretful repercussions. Add to that a fussy infant, and it’s easily the stuff of nightmares.
But for one New York mother, the nightmare continued on the aircraft, too. Arielle Noa Charnas, author of fashion blog Something Navy, was travelling on a Delta Air Lines flight to Los Angeles in late December with her nine-month-old daughter, Ruby. Fully aware that her baby might have trouble settling down on the flight, she and her husband purposely booked first class tickets “so that we’d have the extra space and could lay down with her,” she wrote in an Instagram post.
But when her daughter didn’t immediately stop crying, a flight attendant asked them to move to the back of the plane because she was getting complaints from other first class passengers.
Charnas told Us Weekly that she refused to move to the back, and after walking up and down the aisle, and rocking her, Ruby fell asleep during takeoff.
Her post has garnered more than 23,000 likes and over 2,000 comments, ranging from shock and outrage over Delta’s actions to vitriol for Charnas’s decision to fly with a baby.
When Delta caught wind of the incident, the company offered to refund the family their tickets and gave them an additional $300 each, which the blogger says they will donate to UNICEF.