Traveling by plane is convenient. But not so much when you have young children and you have to deal with self-absorbed, easily annoyed other travelers. Keeping the good will of your fellow passengers can go a long way towards making even a trip with screaming little ones a lot better. So build that social capital fast and easy by offering those “stuck” near you a small goody-bag of inexpensive conveniences that makes their lack of convenient access to certain comforts more palatable – like earplugs.
- Parents traveling with small children can bring small gifts for their fellow passengers, as a pre-emptive move to fend off criticism from people like me.
- Confined in a tight space for only a short time, never to see most of the passengers again, you need the bag to build social capital fast.
- Creating a system that prevents fighting is of great comfort. The goody bag is a step in the direction of conflict resolution before there is any conflict.
“The goody bag is a step in the direction of conflict resolution before there is any conflict.”