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Survey Reveals Passengers Prefer Crying Baby On Flight

Baby cryingI remember the first time that my oldest daughter, Harlan, cried on a flight. I mean really cried. We were in the process of descending so that we could land and her ears must have been hurting her really bad because she screamed. Crying and screaming baby and I am sitting alone with her on this flight with dozens of people staring at me. I felt both useless and mortified at the same time.

I tried nursing her, it didn’t help. Letting her suck on my finger, it didn’t help. Nothing was making her calm down. All I could do was hold her closely and tell her that we would be on the ground soon.

There really isn’t anything more mortifying on a flight than to be a mom of “that kid.” At least that’s what I think, but others seem to disagree. According to a recent survey of over 2,200 Americans done by Harris Interactive, most passengers would rather sit next to a crying baby than a smelly adult. That’s right, 63% of people polled said they would rather let their ears burn with the sounds of your baby’s cry than their nose burning with the odor from a smelly adult.

I must say that I would agree with the majority on this one. While I would much prefer neither (wouldn’t we all) it’s much easier to put in some earphones rather than pull out a nose plug. So next time you’re on a flight with your little one that is crying uncontrollably, just remember it’s not the worst possible thing you could do to your fellow passengers.

Would you rather sit next to a crying baby or a smelly adult?

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