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Man slams airline for making pregnant wife clean up toddler’s mess on her ‘hands and knees’

Emily Brown

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Man slams airline for making pregnant wife clean up toddler’s mess on her ‘hands and knees’

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/sydneyraebass/Twitter/AnthonyBass52

Dad-of-two Anthony Bass has sparked mixed responses after criticising United Airlines for making his pregnant wife clean up after their daughter.

Bass, a baseball player with the Toronto Blue Jays, made the complaint on Twitter after taking a flight with his wife, Sydney Rae James, and their two young children on Sunday (16 April).

Bass and Sydney share two children together. Credit: Instagram/@anthonyebass
Bass and Sydney share two children together. Credit: Instagram/@anthonyebass

The dad claimed United handed out popcorn on the flight, and included a picture from the plane to show the aftermath of this snack time.

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It's no secret that children are messy eaters, and Bass' photo proved as much as it showed the popcorn scattered around the floor by his child's seat, with pieces in the aisle and in front of the passenger sat behind Bass' daughter.

The popcorn was scattered around the plane floor. Credit: Twitter/@AnthonyBass52
The popcorn was scattered around the plane floor. Credit: Twitter/@AnthonyBass52

It's a mess someone would have had to clean up before the next flight - the question is, who is responsible for that clean up?

According to Bass, United felt it was Sydney's job - an opinion he definitely didn't agree with, especially since she's 22 weeks pregnant.

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Taking to Twitter to share his anger at the airline, Bass wrote: "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?!?!"

United responded to Bass' tweet with a post saying it 'understood his concern', adding: "We'd like to look into this. When you have a moment, please DM your wife's confirmation number along with any additional details regarding her interaction with this crew member."

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Though United was quick to take action, many people expressed belief Bass was in the wrong.

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"Genuinely curious who should clean up the mess your 2 year old made?," one Twitter user responded to Bass' post, adding: "As a parent of three kids I am the one responsible for them."

Bass responded to argue that United hire a 'cleaning crew' who would be able to clean up the mess, though other Twitter user then got involved to say it would be more 'considerate' for parents to clean up after their own children.

Bass did receive some support for his criticism. Credit: Twitter/@AnthonyBass52
Bass did receive some support for his criticism. Credit: Twitter/@AnthonyBass52

In spite of the backlash, Bass did receive some support from fans and later shared another post to thank those who were on his side.

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The baseball player also added that United had taken action following the incident, saying: "United Airlines is taking care of matters with the flight attendant internally."

Tyla has contacted United Airlines for comment.

Topics: Parenting, Travel

Emily Brown
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