Mom Told to Leave First Class for Back of the Plane Because Her Baby Cried

Mom Arielle Noa Charnas shares her story of being kicked out of first class because her daughter was crying too much.
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Every parent knows that traveling with a baby can be ... interesting. You just never know if LO is going to act like a cuddly and quiet child in a catalog (that's wishful thinking) or have moments of frustration that are expected. One can only hope fellow travelers and companies are understanding, but sadly, that wasn't Arielle Noa Charnas's luck. This fashion blogger and mom has shared her story of getting booted from first class because her 9-month-old daughter Ruby was crying. Yeah, this is definitely what you don't want to happen on your child's first flight. (Yikes!)

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On her way to Los Angeles from New York with her baby girl, there were likely a few things Arielle expected to happen on her flight: ask for a comfy pillow, chew on some mixed nuts, and see daughter Ruby shed a few tears.

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After all, we are talking about a baby -- which is one of the reasons why Arielle paid extra money for first class seats, so she could comfortably lay down her child if and when the "OMG, what's going on?!" baby moment occurred.

Too bad Mom didn't get the chance. Arielle writes in her Something Navy Instagram post that a flight attendant asked her and baby to sit in the back of the plane as she was "upsetting and getting a lot of complaints from the first class passengers." 

On our way to LA a few days ago it was my first time flying with Ruby, I had a screaming crying sleepy baby who was so overwhelmed that she couldn't fall asleep. My husband and I paid for first class so that we'd have the extra space and could lay down with her - once we were boarded I was getting tons of eye rolls and head shakes from fellow passengers on @delta because my baby was crying (as if I could just look at Ruby and say okay now it's time to stop ð���). I tried to ignore the people until 10 minutes passed and a flight attendant came over to me and asked me and my baby to move to the back of the plane (as if the people in the back didn't matter). Give up our seats that we paid for and move. Apparently I was upsetting and getting a lot of complaints from the first class passengers. I started crying because I was so stressed and anxious and instead of the stewardess being helpful and compassionate she instead made the situation worse. I don't know what's right and wrong when it comes to flying with a baby but after telling a few people the story they were in shock. Thoughts? We're headed back to NYC today and we're hoping for a much better experience. â��ï¸ï¿½

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"I started crying because I was so stressed and anxious and instead of the stewardess being helpful and compassionate she instead made the situation worse," Arielle writes. "I don't know what's right and wrong when it comes to flying with a baby but after telling a few people the story they were in shock."

Since Arielle shared her story, this mom tells Us Weekly that the CEO of Delta reached out to her husband to issue an apology and gave each family member $300 and refunded the tickets.

As kind as this gesture was, many people still aren't having it.

"As a frequent traveler and mum to a 7 month old I feel total solidarity with you. Where is the humanity of those fellow passengers and of that stewardess. Sad to read this story. Common sense is truly not common," one Instagram commenter writes.

"I have flown with my now 11 month old daughter lots this year and the stress and anxiety level that comes from trying to make sure no one else is bothered is insane. I've learned empathy and compassion from becoming a mother," mentions another.

And just in case you're wondering about the money Arielle received, know it's going toward a good cause: charity.

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Man ...

I don't even know where to begin with this.

Even though I have two tots, I'm not a fan of crying babies ... but that doesn't mean I can't show a little compassion to parents who do what they can to quiet a crying child on a plane.

This entire situation seems a bit messed up to me, as this mom paid for first-class tickets and was dismissed to the back of the plane. I get that first-class travelers don't want to hear a crying baby (neither do those of us who fly coach, if we're being honest), but there has to be a better way for airlines to deal with a situation like this.

...Or are families who can afford first-class seats not welcome?

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The likelihood of babies crying on flights is no different than hearing a member of the flight crew say, "You're now free to move about the cabin." Until there's a mandate for all parents with small children to fly on separate flights, I can only hope that steps are taken in a better direction for incidents like this that are bound to happen again (and again).

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