Blue Jays Pitcher Faces Firestorm Over Pregnant Wife's United Airlines Clean-up Dilemma
Join the conversation as Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Anthony Bass shares his frustration over a flight attendant asking his pregnant wife to clean up their kids' popcorn spill on a plane. Dive into the Twitter storm that followed and the varying opinions on parenting responsibilities in public spaces
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Anthony Bass recently sparked a debate on parenting and personal responsibility after he took to Twitter to criticize United Airlines. Bass shared an incident in which a flight attendant allegedly asked his 22-week pregnant wife to clean up popcorn spilled by their 2-year-old daughter while traveling with their 5-year-old child as well.
Bass tweeted a photo of his children on the plane and expressed his frustration, stating, "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?!?!" His tweet quickly went viral, with over two million views in less than 24 hours.
Many Twitter users were not sympathetic to Bass's complaint, suggesting that parents should take responsibility for their children's messes, even on an airplane. One user, Corey Herscu, wrote, "I have three kids, just flew coach 12 hours, and was able to clean up after them — for every mess. It's called parenting."
When asked who he thought should clean up the mess, Bass replied, "The cleaning crew they hire!" His response prompted even more debate on the topic of parenting and personal responsibility. Some Twitter users pointed out that flight attendants are not there to clean up after passengers and that expecting them to do so demonstrates a sense of entitlement.
Country/pop singer Jessie James Decker, Bass's sister-in-law, also shared the incident on her Instagram stories to her 4.2 million followers. Decker mentioned that her sister, Sydney Rae Bass, was "high risk" and felt "completely humiliated and exhausted" by the situation.
United Airlines responded to Bass's tweet, stating that they would look into the matter further. Bass later sent out another tweet, thanking people for their support and noting that the airline was addressing the issue. This message, however, led to more criticism from some users who felt that Bass's complaint could potentially lead to the flight attendant facing consequences for simply asking a passenger to clean up after their child.