Brilliant Parents Bribe Airline Passengers to Put Up With Their Crying Babies

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airplane candy bribe bagsIf you've ever pondered the difference between parents who maintain friendships with the child-free and the parents from whom everyone without kids (and sometimes those with) run, it's simple. The parents who still have friends are the ones who recognize that sometimes their kids can be complete and total pains in the ass. Take the couple who recently decided to bribe an entire airplane's worth of passengers with bags of candy so they'd put up with their twin sons' crying.

The parents' genius move has gone viral since a photo of the goodie bags was uploaded to Reddit. But what's really remarkable isn't that the parents filled the snack baggies with Jolly Ranchers and Werthers or even their note that lists their seat numbers and offers earplugs to anyone who needs them. It's who uploaded the picture in the first place.

The candy bribe photo came from a passenger who had to share the flight with the mom and dad and their babies. The grateful passenger describes the couple as "Brilliant and thoughtful parents" and admits he got a little teary when he later saw the babies meeting their grandparents for the first time at baggage claim.

And that is exactly how winning over the child-free is done.

Oh, I'm sure some of you are rolling your eyes and readying to drag the little stool out of the bathroom that Junior uses to reach the potty when he tinkles so you can climb up on it and start spouting off about how haaaard it is being a parent and how haaaaard it is to take a baby on an airplane/grocery shop with a tantruming child/ever get out to a bar once you've spawned.

And you're right. It downright sucks being a parent sometimes.

But you know all that stuff that really annoys you about your kid? Like the way the baby keeps taking stuff out of the cart and throwing it across the aisle in the supermarket when you are sick and tired of picking up the same box of rice?

If it's bothering you, don't you think it's bothering everyone else too?

The beauty of the whole a-hole kid out in public thing is that we're not the only ones dealing with it. And while there are probably people out there who are going to try to make our lives a living hell about it, we can diffuse a fair amount of the hate with a simple, "I'm sorry."

Try it. Look at the clerk who is watching your 10-month-old grab at all that damn candy right beside the checkout lane thinking, "OMG, I just straightened that shelf, and my manager is going to be pisssssed." Tell him you're sorry.

If you think you can, try to get him laughing. Just look how much it helped the airplane parents when they admitted that they are now just their sons' "portable milk machine" and "diaper changer"!

OK, so maybe it's not always funny. Sometimes you're just going to have to admit that your kid isn't making anyone's day better. In that case, might I suggest stashing a few Jolly Ranchers in your diaper bag to hand out?

Candy always works ... just ask your kids.

What do you do to diffuse the tension when your kids are acting badly in public?


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fleur... fleurdelys3110

What a good idea! Granted, I'm sure many people do not have the time or resources to put such a bribe together, but it's the idea that is important and revolutionary. Yes, babies are human and a part of society and should be treated as such blah blah blah. However, just as the crying grates on your nerves, it does the same to everyone else around you. Even if you can't take the time to put together something as generous as this, an apology to those around you if the baby starts crying or throwing a tantrum would serve the same purpose. It's parents that think the world should have to deal with their fussy child with no apology or explanation that bother me.


This is beyond cute. What a great idea. You can always attract more bees with honey and when you step up first to make friends, only a jerk would get mad. Ingenious.

Allis... AllisonWD

I love this idea! We fly to Mass from TN every year (I mean, we could drive, but heelllooo 3-4 hr flight vs 22 hour car ride) and this is BRILLIANT for next spring when we have a 2 1/2 year old and a 4 month old. Who wouldn't enjoy this?!

jhslove jhslove

I've flown with my 11-month-old daughter twice (both times across country--one was a 6-hour nonstop flight--and both times, I've brought earplugs for people sitting near us in case she cried. We never had to break them out, but I felt better knowing that if she cried, the people near us wouldn't be stuck listening to a crying baby for hours.

The first time, she was 3 months old and slept the whole time, only waking up to nurse and look around a little bit, and the second time was a little trickier since she was 9 months and we were flying by ourselves. But she still did pretty well--I packed a bunch of toys and food--and we were fortunate to be seated near some awesome, very helpful and understanding people.

early... earlybird11

Our sons first flight since he was more then a lump of sleepy baby will be with 17 family members in 3 weeks . My rambunctious 1.5 year old should be a joy then !!! Hoping bribing him will work instead of the others, but ill pick up a bunch of ear plugs just in case

nonmember avatar jenn

Lame. Flew cross country and my five month old was an angel didn't make a peep. Had three layovers, four flights. But even if he had I don't care! If traveling with other peoples' kids bothers you so much, that's your problem and YOU can find another mode of transportation. I would never kiss ass like that.

fleur... fleurdelys3110

@ Jenn -- failure to commiserate with other people and realizing that your kid is making them miserable doesn't make you an ass kisser. It just makes you a mean person.

Rebecca Peterson

When I first flew with my daughter and all 9 following times flying across country, I apologized in advance if my child cried. I had one guy straight up and move going "I hate kids" before the flight, then coming to find me after the flight saying "if I hadn't seen you I'd have never known there was a baby on the plane" I was very nervous though about having a crier, and sometimes you can't help it. For one baby, I shared with his mother tips I learned over the time of flying and he still cried. Some babies can do it, others can't. ANd like the author said, even adults sometimes have issues with flying.

GlowW... GlowWorm889

I think it was a sweet gesture. I made my first flight around that age. Of course, things were different then and what was considered acceptable parenting would make many cringe now. My mother dosed me with children's Tylenol to get me to sleep through the whole thing. It worked, but I think this is a much better alternative!

flowe... flowerfunleah

Did they put the bags on each seat before they flew? Or did they give the bags out if people gave them looks? Or did they have the stewardesses hand out the bags? I'm confused as to how the other passengers received the gift bags.

I would also worry about those with sugar free or gluten free diets when it comes to the candy. I would put a couple sugar and gluten free candies in there just in case. 

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