You Are An Absolute ASSHOLE If You Change Your Baby's Diaper On An Airplane Tray Table
I (28F) was on a flight for several hours today, seated behind a couple with a baby. I’m a really nauseous flyer, so I took a Dramamine ahead of time and did my best to get some sleep during the flight. This didn’t happen because of the baby’s crying, but oh well, I know flights are scary and stressful for infants and there was nothing anyone could do about that.
What got to me was the couple changing their baby’s extremely stinky #2 diaper right in the middle of their seats, using the mom’s food tray as a changing table. We were at the back of the plane right by the bathrooms, which I confirmed had baby changing tables when I had to go back there to throw up after the smell hit me. I didn’t say anything the first time, but the second time I heard them go into the diaper bag a couple hours later I asked if they could please go use the plane bathroom instead of exposing everyone on the plane to the smell.
The mom went off on me and said I had no idea how stressful it is to travel with an infant, which is true—I don’t have kids. The flight attendant at the back of the plane agreed with me and asked them to only use the bathrooms to change their baby, plus a few minutes later the pilot made an announcement that all diaper changing needed to be done in the bathrooms, after which both parents looked extremely annoyed.
AITA for asking them to stop changing their baby in the middle of the plane and inadvertently bringing it to the attention of the flight crew?
Son of a bitchhhhhhhhh. I'll admit that I have been trying to change the narrative that flying in the same airplane as little kids is the absolute worst because I think complaining about kids on a flight has reached a point of absurdity where everyone automatically thinks a kid on a flight is the worst thing in the world even though there is a good chance they will be as quiet as a church mouse for almost the entire flight. And even if they aren't, there is an extremely easy way to rectify that situation, as my friend Barstool Chief demonstrated here:
Besides, 99% of the videos that go viral for outlandish behavior on an airplane involve someone that is 18 or older.
HOWEVAH, if you are enough of a dickhead, excuse me asshole, to change your baby on an airplane tray table reserved to eating and drinking, you should be forced to put said tray table in its upright position then have your ass thrown out of said airplane because that breaks so many unwritten codes of conduct. Nobody packed like sardines in that plane wants to see or smell whatever chaos your kid unloaded in their diaper.
Even more so, the person on the next flight shouldn't unknowingly be resting their delicious ginger ale that just hits better at 30,000 feet on a tray table that just had your kid's ass on it. We still live in a society, even if you are flying above the rest of society. That's the kind of selfish move that deserves to this kind of response from this absolute legend of a maniac.
Just because your kid doesn't shit in a toilet, it doesn't absolve them from having to use the bathroom to get cleaned up. And if they have parents that don't adhere to that extremely basic common courtesy, they should be fully prepared to live life as an orphan because their parents were tossed off the plane from miles above the ground mid-flight. Just absolutely abhorrent asshole behavior that is worthy of using a word like abhorrent in a Barstool blog.