A woman was left disgusted during a two-hour flight when a couple seated behind her decided to change their baby’s nappy on the tray table.
The incident, which took place on a recent flight, was shared by the frustrated passenger on Reddit’s AITA (“Am I the a–hole”) subreddit, generating a significant response from the community.
In her post, the 28-year-old woman, known as “No_Cartographer8186” on Reddit, described her discomfort because she is a nauseous flyer who had taken a Dramamine to help her sleep during the flight.
However, she didn’t end up getting much sleep at all.
She clarified that she understood that infants can find flights challenging and stressful, and the baby’s crying wasn’t the issue.
She wrote: “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.
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“What got to me was the couple changing their baby’s extremely stinky number-two diaper right in the middle of their seats — using the mom’s food tray as a changing table”.
The disgruntled traveller said they “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”.
She continued: “I didn’t say anything the first time, but the second time I heard them go into the diaper bag a couple [of] hours later, I asked if they could please go use the plane bathroom instead of exposing everyone on the plane to the smell.”
As a result of that request, “the mom went off on me”, added the aggrieved passenger on Reddit, “and said I had no idea how stressful it is to travel with an infant, which is true — I don’t have kids”.
She went on: “The flight attendant at the back of the plane agreed with me and asked them to only use the bathrooms to change their baby.”
Shortly after, the pilot made an announcement instructing all passengers to change nappies exclusively in the bathrooms.
The woman on Reddit asked others on the social media site: “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?”
The woman’s post received considerable attention, with nearly 5,000 reactions and approximately 850 individual comments.
The majority of responses supported the passenger’s request, emphasising that the parents’ actions were unhygienic and potentially unsafe.
Some users pointed out the presence of buckled changing tables in the plane’s restrooms, highlighting the risks of unexpected turbulence.
“A changing table [in the plane’s restroom] has a buckle. Imagine if there was unexpected turbulence,” wrote one user.
Others criticised the parents for subjecting passengers to unsanitary conditions in a confined aircraft cabin.
Another user posted: “Exposing people in a closed metal tube thousands of feet in the air is criminal.”
And a third user wrote: “People eat on those [food] trays and while I know they [the airline crews] are supposed to clean them between flights, let’s be honest, sometimes they might [be] missed.”