This Fashion Blogger Was Asked to Leave First Class Because Her Baby Was Crying 

Arielle Noa Charnas and Ruby
Arielle Noa Charnas with her daughter, Ruby Courtesy Arielle Noa Charnas/Instagram

Arielle Noa Charnas didn’t sleep a wink on the night of December 28. That’s because the next morning, the New York–based mom and her 9-month-old daughter, Ruby, would be boarding a six-hour flight to Los Angeles. “I’m terrified of flying to begin with, but the idea that I was bringing Ruby only heightened my anxiety,” the Something Navy fashion blogger tells Us Weekly. Still, Charnas took some solace in knowing her husband, Brandon, had booked the family three first-class tickets so that the infant could lay down flat like in her crib. Only things didn’t go according to plan.

“Once we boarded I was getting tons of eye rolls and head shakes from fellow passengers on @delta because my baby was crying (as if I could just look at Ruby and say ‘Okay it’s time to stop 😂,’” Charnas wrote in an Instagram post to her nearly 1 million followers January 1. “I tried to ignore it until 10 minutes passed, and a flight attendant came over to me and asked me and my baby to move to the back of the plane … Apparently I was upsetting and getting a lot of complaints from the first class passengers.”

On our way to LA a few days ago it was my first time flying with Ruby, I had a screaming crying sleepy baby who was so overwhelmed that she couldn't fall asleep. My husband and I paid for first class so that we'd have the extra space and could lay down with her – once we were boarded I was getting tons of eye rolls and head shakes from fellow passengers on @delta because my baby was crying (as if I could just look at Ruby and say okay now it's time to stop ?). I tried to ignore the people until 10 minutes passed and a flight attendant came over to me and asked me and my baby to move to the back of the plane (as if the people in the back didn't matter). Give up our seats that we paid for and move. Apparently I was upsetting and getting a lot of complaints from the first class passengers. I started crying because I was so stressed and anxious and instead of the stewardess being helpful and compassionate she instead made the situation worse. I don't know what's right and wrong when it comes to flying with a baby but after telling a few people the story they were in shock. Thoughts? We're headed back to NYC today and we're hoping for a much better experience. ✈️

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That’s when the “stressed and anxious” mother reached her breaking point and burst into tears. “Instead of the stewardess being helpful and compassionate she instead made the situation worse,” the 29-year-old wrote. “I don’t know what’s right and wrong when it comes to flying with a baby but after telling a few people the story they were in shock. Thoughts?”

Her post received nearly 22,000 likes and 1,600 — mostly supportive — comments. 

Arielle Noa Charnas and Ruby
Arielle Noa Charnas's daughter, Ruby Courtesy Arielle Noa Charnas/Instagram

In the end, Charnas and Ruby refused to vacate their comfy first-class seats. “We rocked her and we walked her up and down the aisles,” Charnas tells Us. “Finally during take-off Ruby fell asleep on my shoulder and was a dream the rest of the flight.” 

On January 3, the CEO of Delta reached out to Charnas’ husband with an apology, refunded the tickets and gave the family $300 each. “We appreciated the [gesture],” Charnas tells Us. “However, it’s still not enough to make up for the awful experience we had.”

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