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Man divides opinion after cradling daughter's head for 45 minutes so she could sleep during flight

Emma Guinness

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Man divides opinion after cradling daughter's head for 45 minutes so she could sleep during flight

Featured Image Credit: Reddit / Alamy / frantic

It's no secret that it can be difficult getting some shut eye when you're travelling, unless you're lucky enough to travel business class.

But one dad has divided the internet by cradling his daughter's head for 45 minutes so she could get some presumably much-needed sleep on a plane.

A fan of the doting dad shared what they thought was a sweet moment to Reddit's 'MadeMeSmile' subreddit under the name therra123.

They wrote: "This man kept his hand in this position for 45 minutes so his daughter could sleep well."

The act of kindness made the 'MadeMeSmile' subreddit. Credit: Reddit / therra123
The act of kindness made the 'MadeMeSmile' subreddit. Credit: Reddit / therra123

Since the post was shared to the social media website on 28 September, it's been upvoted by 66.1K users.

Praising the dad for his dedication to his daughter, one user wrote: "That's parenting done right".

"What a nice daddy [sic]," added a second while a third wrote: "Give this man a medal."

"Part of the job," wrote a fourth Redditor. "It doesn't change just because they aren't babies anymore."

"Sometimes I mourn the devoted parents I never had," added a fifth. "This is one of those times."

However, not everyone thought the loving act was such a good idea - or the fact that it had been captured by a stranger and posted to the internet.

"I feel like… I feel like there's a better way," reacted one Reddit user.

Reacting to this comment, another user criticised the airline for not offering a solution, writing: "What kind of airline is this where [none] of the attendants pay attention enough to offer a solution like a pillow or towels? [sic]"

A lot of people use neck pillows to help them sleep on planes. Credit: Alamy / frantic
A lot of people use neck pillows to help them sleep on planes. Credit: Alamy / frantic

A second Redditor slammed the dad for not thinking of a better solution, writing: "Shows a distinct lack of creative problem solving.

"45 min you say and couldn't think of a [practical] solution. Huh!"

"It's cute until you give it a moment's thought to realise there were 100 better solutions," added a third.

Others slammed the Reddit user for taking the picture in the first place.

One wrote: "STOP TAKING PICTURES OF STRANGERS! AND WORSE, STOP POSTING THEM ONLINE!

"People are so f**king starved for online attention, it's ridiculous."

A second agreed, adding: "Why are we OK taking photos of strangers and posting it online? They're people, not objects.

"Also probably could have just grabbed any clothing and rolled it up for a pillow. You probably could have even just straight up asked for one from a stewardess."

What do you think of the dad's actions?

Topics: Real Life

Emma Guinness
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