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Who Is Responsible For Cleaning Up After Your Child On A Flight?

A viral tweet has sparked a heated debate.
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It’s safe to say that most parents feel responsible for cleaning up after their children at home—but what about outside of the house? 

One dad’s recent tweet has proved that those rules are not so clear. 

The dad, who happens to be American professional baseball pitcher Anthony Bass, took to Twitter with a report that a flight attendant told his wife, Sydney Rae James, to clean up a mess their kids made on an aeroplane. 

“The flight attendant @united just made my 22 week pregnant wife traveling with a 5 year old and 2 year old get on her hands and knees to pick up the popcorn mess by my youngest daughter. Are you kidding me?!?!” the Toronto Blue Jays pitcher posted on Twitter, alongside a photo of his two children on the flight. 

Anthony Bass

Twitter users with quick to share their opinion, with many defending the flight attendant with the belief that its up to parents to pick up after their own children. 

“Genuinely curious who should clean up the mess your 2 year old made? As a parent of three kids I am the one responsible for them”, one user wrote. 

“UMMMM 22 weeks? Get over yourself. Pregnant women lift weights, run corporations, work in fields and take care of a lot of things. That small mess shouldn’t be an issue. Take like 2 mins. Unless of course we’re raising our kids to be entitled and we expect everyone to wait on us,” another commented. 

However, not everyone was in agreement. 

One Twitter user defended Bass and his wife, writing: “Keeping things clean should be a requirement for adults, not children. Asking a mother who is caring for two young children to maintain the same level of seat cleanliness as an adult is also unreasonable. Expecting a pregnant woman who is 22 weeks along to clean floors is inhumane and immoral. Asking passengers to clean the cabin goes against the terms of the carrier contract (ticket).” 

Anthony Bass and Wife Sydney
Anthony and Sydney Bass with their children. (Credit: Instagram)

While passengers aren’t required to clean the cabin, most people understand that picking up after themselves is the polite thing to do—whether that’s on a plane, in restaurant or in a shopping centre. 

As parents are responsible for their children—that also makes them responsible for the mess their kids make. 

But when we don’t have the entire story (was there only a few pieces or an entire packet on the floor?), we’re going to steer clear of choosing sides. 

Instead, we’re pretty much in total agreement with the one Twitter user, who simply blamed the choice of snack, writing: “who lets kids have popcorn on an airplane? Rookie.” 

We’re pretty sure that Bass will be bringing a different snack on the next one. 

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