A woman found herself at the center of online criticism after a video surfaced showing her rocking her baby in front of an emergency exit row on a plane. Aliza Carr, a mother and midwife who posted the clip on her @bumpnbub account, faced backlash from individuals who felt it was inconsiderate to passengers who had chosen that row for extra legroom and space.
In the video, which has garnered 1.8 million views, Aliza is seen gently soothing her four-month-old baby in a carrier near the emergency exit. She humorously captioned the video, “How to get a toned butt and legs? Take a four-month-old, that only sleeps in the carrier, to five+ countries in a month…”
She went on to explain the challenges of postpartum life, highlighting the hours spent each day carrying her baby in a carrier. She shared her own experience on a 14+ hour flight, emphasizing how standing, bouncing, and swaying were the only methods that would get her baby to sleep.
The video aimed to shed light on the difficulties of traveling with infants and to promote empathy for parents in such situations. However, despite her intentions, Aliza received criticism from hundreds of people.
Some commenters expressed frustration with what they referred to as “dancing mamas” and the perceived disturbance they caused to fellow passengers. Others lamented the potential inconvenience of having such activities happening in front of them during a flight.
Aliza defended herself against the criticism, emphasizing that she was not obstructing anyone’s legroom or personal space. She expressed sadness at the notion that someone would be angered by a mother’s genuine efforts to soothe her baby.
While some commenters continued to criticize her actions, others came to Aliza’s defense, commending her for her dedication to caring for her child during the flight. They urged understanding and support for mothers who often face judgment and criticism for their parenting choices, especially while traveling.
The comments on the video reflected a range of opinions, from those critical of Aliza’s actions to those empathetic and supportive of her efforts as a mother.