Most of us have been on a flight where a baby has cried or a toddler ever so aggressively kicked the back of our chairs. Or even more likely — our kid has been the one disrupting the quiet. Kids know when they should be good and it’s usually at that moment they decide, “This flight seems a little too peaceful. LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED.”
I could cringe just thinking about it.
When first-time parents George and Amal Clooney boarded their recent flight, they decided to come prepared (you know, just in case). The powerhouse couple, who welcomed twins Ella and Alexander in June, probably know by now just how much volume something so small can create. So, on a recent flight to the UK, they decided to hand out some extra protection to fellow passengers in the event of a mid-flight meltdown: noise-canceling headphones.
According to People, everyone in first class received the thoughtful gift, even fellow passenger and movie director, Quentin Tarantino. The devices all featured the logo of the actor’s tequila brand, Casamigos Tequila, and came with a note that read “apologizing ahead of time” if the 6-month-old twins cried.
Clooney became a first-time dad at the age of 56 and has certainly been getting a crash course in parenting not one, but two little ones this year. In fact, the actor spoke to the UK’s Daily Mail a few months back about the highs and lows of parenting and just how exhausting a job it can be.
“I cry more than they do,” he joked at the time. “I cry four times a day right now, because I’m so tired. The surprise for me was how much more complicated twins is than just the one — it’s not just twice as much work, it’s more than that. And it’s not even so much work for me, because these two knuckleheads don’t even care that I exist right now!”
I have three kids of my own, but can’t imagine having two at one time. Juggling feeding, sleep schedules, and generally trying to keep them mildly entertained is more than a full-time job. I’m just impressed the famous pair actually made it to their flight on time, let alone with gifts for other passengers.
“I have always felt a great sense of responsibility to other people in the world,” Clooney told the Daily Mail, “but when you have children of your own, you realize you are responsible for their lives in a way you haven’t been before.”
While the Clooneys’ act of kindness was certainly appreciated by their fellow passengers, according to The New York Post, “the babies didn’t make a peep!”
Not a bad parting gift after a flight where you got to sit next to the Clooneys, if you ask me.