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Goodie Bags on Airplanes

Uploaded: Dec 27, 2014
Did you fly on a plane with kids this holiday season? As a new parent it can be very nerve racking to take your little one on an airplane. No swings, bouncers or other equipment to help settle them. And you are in extremely close proximity to strangers who may or may not have or enjoy kids themselves.

When I flew with our son, I was almost always very impressed by how other passengers treated us. Other passengers helped zip up my son's carseat bag, lifted my carry-ons into the overhead bins, and quietly whispered if they could squeeze past me without disturbing my sleeping little one.

So when I read about new parents handing out goodie bags to other passengers on their airplane this holiday season, I just smiled. It was a sweet gesture, but most likely it was unnecessary. It is amazing how many times I've heard a friend say that all of their worrying about flying with a baby was for nothing. Their little one slept through most of the flight. Or at least was entertained with apps on a tablet or phone. And rather than moan and groan about sharing a plane with a baby, other passengers went out of their way to help.

Of course, most of us have experienced babies and kids screaming on planes, or somehow disturbing others on the flight. But parents who are worried enough to make goodie bags for other passengers on their flight might also be ones who would use every trick in the book to try to calm a little one down.

I definitely won't be handing goodie bags out when I fly with my two little ones. But I am not against it. Maybe some parents use it as a way to help calm their own nerves about a possible future tantrum or crying episode.

What do you think about parents making goodie bags for other passengers on a flight?
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Posted by Mother of 4, a resident of Palo Alto High School,
on Dec 27, 2014 at 10:26 am

Never thought about goodie bags for fellow passengers, but have definitely done the goodie bags for each child, new surprise every hour or so.

I think it really comes down to how long the flight, how many changes of time zones and time of day.

We have had many international, long flights, with red eyes, and our best practice is to wear out the kids before the flight. Many terminals have kids play areas near the gates and we use them to their full advantage.

My experience with fellow passengers is that if somebody is going to be complaining about kids, they are also likely to be complaining about everything else on the plane too. Flying for several hours is no fun particularly when it comes to a difficult/long trip to the airport before the flight even starts (as is often the case for our return flight) as well as the security lines. People who are grouchy are going to be grouchy and even a goodie bag may not help calm them.

Good luck on your trip.

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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Almanac Online blogger,
on Dec 27, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Cheryl Bac is a registered user.

Mother of 4 - Yes. A couple of surprises to open during a flight can definitely help to keep kids occupied. And I agree, spending extra time making goodie bags for your kids may be a better use of your time and energy than making goodie bags for fellow passengers.

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Posted by palo alto parent, a resident of another community,
on Dec 30, 2014 at 3:39 pm

One of the best suggestions I ever got was to bring rolls of cellophane tape. It doesn't damage anything and how often are you allowed to unroll tape as a kid? They made "sculptures" etc. Both mine loved it and it kept them entertained for a long time.

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Posted by write my essay for me, a resident of Escondido School,
on Dec 30, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Thanks a lot for sharing this valuable information about Goodie Bags.Really helpful.
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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Almanac Online blogger,
on Dec 30, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Cheryl Bac is a registered user.

Palo Alto parent and write my essay for me - Thanks for commenting. Interesting airplane entertainment idea. Thanks for sharing it! I bet their creativity could run wild.

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