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Diving into the Deep End: Airplane Goodie Bags

I’ll skip the prototypical “first post” formalities in favor of delivering interesting — and perhaps even controversial — content immediately. I’m not here to bore anyone, especially not myself.

Yesterday I read an intriguing piece by Points with a Crew on “Why parents of children should NOT give “airplane goodie bags” to fellow passengers.” Normally, I’d be the first person to go up and shake this man’s hand. He’s absolutely right that children crying on a plane is simply a part of life. It should almost be expected even. And no parent should ever feel obligated to bring a goodie bag, either. That’s crazy.

Where we differ, however, is motive. I’ll admit my wife and I have brought along goodie bags several times when traveling with my young daughter. Other times I’ve even offered to buy drinks for nearby passengers. But these simple gestures weren’t as much to pacify our seatmates as they were to ease our own minds.


We gave out these “coupons” to nearby passengers on our way to Hawaii last year.

Knowing we were doing everything we could helped relieve the dread and stress of travel day. In fact, I kind of anticipated it, as we’ve often received tremendous response from our goodie bags. You can’t underestimate how your own attitude and mind frame will affect your experience. For us, they put us in a better mood and gave us a brighter outlook, and sometimes that’s all you need — a little boost. These goodie bags also provide a great opening to exchange a few kind words and jokes with your seatmates, as any goodwill you can mount early-on can only help your cause.

Basically, what I’m saying is that these goodie bags we prepared did more good for us than anyone. I don’t think some cheap earplugs and a few sticks of gum is going enhance anyone’s flight. But the gesture just might…

The little troublemaker herself

My little fly girl herself — she’s actually great on planes.



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