An overly considerate couple is being praised for going above and beyond to placate their fellow air travelers.
The parents, accompanied by their 14-week-old twin boys, distributed sweets to passengers as a pre-emptive strike in anticipation of the infants wreaking havoc in the skies.
The innovative approach was broadcast on Reddit by Andrew Merritt, who received one of the goodie bags from the parents on his cross-country flight from San Francisco.
Some have disputed the legitimacy of the too-sweet-story, analyzing the prospective cost to the parents and the trustworthiness of Mr Merritt, but MailOnline has confirmed that it is indeed genuine.
‘Brilliant and thoughtful parents handed these out to everyone on my flight,’ the appreciative traveler wrote on Reddit, posting a picture of a Ziploc plastic bag filled with goodies and a note of explanation.
‘We’re twin baby boys on our first flight and we’re only 14 weeks old!’ the note read.
‘We’ll try to be on our best behavior, but we’d like to apologize in advance just in case we lose our cool, get scared or our ears hurt. Our mom and dad (AKA our portable milk machine and our diaper changer) have ear plugs available if you need them,’ the note added.
Mr Merritt, a San Francisco jack-of-all-trades, explained that the mini travelers and their parents ended up being absolutely delightful.
‘The parents were fantastic and the kids were better than would be expected. Mom was super nervous and obviously very tired, but still extremely nice to everyone around her. Not a mean or frustrated word from dad either. Saw them meeting his parents at baggage, who were seeing babies for first time, and got a bit teary,’ Mr Merritt explained.
Mr Merritt’s tale occurred at the start of a very personal journey, the Redditor said on his blog.
The 27-year-old from San Francisco just embarked on a bicycle trip from Paris to Istanbul after a bad break up.
‘Last night I left San Francisco to begin my journey. I’ve left my job, home, and those closest to me to seek something I’m not sure I even understand at times,’ he wrote.
‘Once onboard, I realized that I was sitting in a row with not one 14 week old baby, but twins.’
Upon receiving the gift package, he said he was ‘overwhelmed with a positive view on mankind’s potential’. He was also thrilled with his new notoriety on Reddit.
‘I should also add that I submitted this photo on Reddit.com and it currently has more points that Barack Obama’s AMA (he came to the site last Wednesday). For those who are as addicted to Reddit as myself, this is quite a big deal,’ he wrote.
The idea immediately sparked chatter on the social news site, garnering over 3,000 comments and one million views after it was posted over the weekend.
Attribution: Mail Online