Few things are as aggravating as screaming children on cross-country flights, or the ones who remain quiet all the while booting your chair with rhythmic incessancy. A couple with 14 week old twin boys was more than aware of this fact and as a pre-emptive measure when flying cross-country from San Francisco, they handed out plastic bags of candy to fellow passengers to placate them in anticipation of the infants crying, screaming or causing other annoyances.
Andrew Merritt, one of the recipients, posted a picture of the bag of treats on Reddit and the story of this gesture of goodwill spread.
But as usual, no good deed goes unpunished, as the authenticity of the story was called into question, due to the cost to the parents. However, The Daily Mail has confirmed that the couple did pass out treats. Judging from the photos, the candies were Jolly Ranchers and Werther’s Original, not exactly high-end sweets that would put the parents in the poor house.
A note was included with the goodies, which read as follows:
We’re twin baby boys on our first flight and we’re only 14 weeks old! 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.
Merritt shared more of his experience on his blog.