Christina Diaz, 38, a freelance photographer based in Berkeley, Calif., taught the world a lesson in flight etiquette.
This week, she and Michael Rubinstein, 32, went on their first cross-country flight with their infant twin boys, Arrow and Jasper. She says rather than being excited about the 5-hour flight to visit family, she was scared about a diaper blow out – or worse yet, hysterical crying that would disturb fellow passengers.
In order to avoid her flight neighbors getting upset at the noise created by her little ones, she spent about $20 to make little goodie-bags of candy and ear plugs for them. It also contained a note from the boys apologizing in advance in case they lose their cool, get scared, or get ear pain.
Diaz says she’s still surprised at the result. Not only did everything go completely fine, without a peep from her sons the whole flight, more than a million people viewed the image of the note a fellow passenger took and posted on Reddit, sparking a wave of more compassion.
“We’re really pleased how many people have contacted us,” she says. “I’m just really happy people thought it was a nice thing.”
The sweet-voiced new mom says she was most touched by the many notes expressing how great that the boys have such a nice family, and knowing that they would be brought up well.
“Overall, it really opened my eyes to people’s fears of traveling with children, and a lot more people are compassionate than you think they are,” says Diaz who learned a lot on her traveling debut with her boys. “People really appreciate something little. A little thing you say or do can go a long way. Sometimes people don’t think to do it, but it really makes a difference.”
She says although the she’s still not looking forward to the return trip on Saturday, reading the reassuring comments like “Of course, babies are gonna cry, we expect that,” makes her feel a little more at ease. Although she has some more goodie bags prepared for their return flight, Diaz says she’s unsure whether they will distribute them.
“We kind of feel silly now, but it’s a good incentive,” says Diaz. “Maybe it makes people realize when you’re coming on the plane with a baby that you’re also thinking about the other passengers. Sometimes you just have to travel with a baby!”