- On a recent flight from Seoul, Korea, to San Francisco, California, one mother pulled out all the stops to make sure her baby did not disturb other passengers on their 10-hour journey.
- According to a Facebook post shared on February 12 by Dave Corona, a passenger on the same flight, the woman handed out over 200 goodie bags containing earplugs and candy to other travellers.
- Corona provided INSIDER with a photo of a note that came with the gift bags. According to the note, 4-month-old Junwoo was flying for the first time; it also apologised for any noise the baby might make during the trip.
- Corona called it “a very touching gesture by the mother,” and wrote that there was “not a peep out of the kid” during the flight.
- Corona, the Director of Photography at ABC Television in San Francisco, told us that he was returning from a work trip, and said some passengers initially thought the woman handing out bags was a flight attendant. He added that, as a father of twins, he could empathise.
Nobody enjoys sitting next to a crying baby on a long flight, but sometimes that’s the reality of air travel.
But on a recent flight from Seoul, Korea, to San Francisco, California, one mother pulled out all the stops to make sure her 4-month-old baby did not disturb other passengers on their 10-hour flight.
According to a Facebook post shared on February 12 by Dave Corona, who was a passenger on the same flight, the unnamed woman handed out “more than 200 goodie bags filled with candy and ear plugs” to help ease the potential irritation of other travellers.
Corona provided INSIDER with a photo of one of the goodie bags that were passed around.
“Hello, I’m Junwoo and I’m 4 months old,” the note in Corona’s photo reads. “Today I am going to the U.S. with my mum and grandmom to see my aunt.”
According to the note in Corona’s picture, Junwoo had never flown on a plane before.
“I’m a little bit nervous and scary [sic] because it’s my first flight […] which means I may cry or make too such noise. I will try to go quietly, though I can’t make any promises.. Please excuse me,” the note reads. “So my mum prepared little goodie bags for you! Please use [the earplugs] when it’s too noisy because of me.”
INSIDER spoke with Corona about the interaction. As the Director of Photography at ABC television in San Francisco, Corona told us that he was returning from a work-related trip and that he wasn’t entirely sure what was going on when he first saw Junwoo’s mother making her way up the plane aisle.
“At first, I thought she was a flight attendant,” Corona told us. “In fact, the seat mates that were next to me, who were from San Jose, even asked her ‘Can we have some slippers?’ She didn’t speak any English. She only spoke Korean, so she waved us off and just handed us the goodie bags. Then I started reading the note and I realised that she was the mother.”
Corona wrote that it was “a very touching gesture by the mother” in his post, which had close to 600 likes and 200 shares at the time of writing. “But as you know when you have kids expect the unexpected.”
Corona told us that he personally understood Junwoo’s mother’s struggle.
“My wife and I have twins,” Corona said. “So when we travelled when they were little, we had to carry them the entire time and there was no handing them off to one another, so I know exactly what it’s like. In fact, we used to go early to restaurants with our twins to go out to eat because we knew if we went regular time, it would be such a hassle.
“But I don’t think I would do the goodie bag thing,” Corona said. “It’s just way too much work.”
As it turns out, Junwoo’s mother’s efforts may have been for naught, as Corona wrote that there was “not a peep out of the kid.”
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