A TikToker is facing backlash from parents after his video about a baby screaming during a ’29-hour flight’ went viral
- A TikToker posted a video reacting to a child crying during his 29-hour trip to Berlin.
- Commenters under the video said they thought that young children should not travel on long flights.
- Parents responded to the video, saying it was “judgmental” towards families who fly with young kids.
A TikToker who filmed his reaction to a child’s non-stop screaming on a plane during what he called a “29-hour flight” has received criticism from parents who say that viewer reaction to his clip was “judgmental” and insensitive.
TikToker Henry Beasley, who posts under his band’s TikTok handle, @balubrigada, posted the video earlier this month and it currently has 12.5 million views. Beasley captured his bemused reactions as the child continuously screamed in the background. An on-screen caption on the post read, “Rate my 29-hour flight to Berlin.”
Beasley wryly noted the child’s “great projection,” and rated his “stellar performance” and “incredible stamina” a “10/10.”
Many commenters sympathized with Beasley.
“Honestly there should be kid-free flights and kid flights,” said one, while another suggested that “they shouldn’t let kids on flights longer than 4 hours.”
But in the days after the video was posted, several TikTokers offered a rebuttal, arguing that he should have been more sympathetic to the parents of the child.
“I know it sucks when there’s a screaming baby on a plane, but I promise you that no one is more miserable than the parent of that child right now, because they’re the ones who are having so much anxiety and stress that they can’t calm their baby down,” said one user.
“This is a you problem, not a them problem,” said another TikToker, who posts videos about running a diaper business and raising her daughter. She added a caption under her post that read, “there are kids who need to take flights as well.”
Another TikTok user who typically posts videos about child-rearing criticized commenters under Beasley’s video who said they would not want to travel on a long-haul flight that had young children on it.
“There are so many people in this comments section who are saying they would pay extra for kids-free flights, and please, pay extra for kids-free flights. Make the flights with the kids cheaper and just only allow parents with kids so we can all help each other,” she said, adding, “we can all just have a compassionate, kind, loving flight, without people who are judgmental and horrible toward these tiny human beings who have a right to public transportation.”
Beasley did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Most airlines don’t have official guidelines related to infants crying on flights, but there have been reports of parents being reprimanded by airline staff when their babies cried for extended periods of time. In one case, a mother reported being asked to leave first class because of her screaming child. In May 2016, JetBlue launched a promotional flight in which passengers were offered a 25% discount on their next ticket each time they heard a child cry, Today reported.
Videos about children crying on flights often go viral and lead to debate on TikTok. In March, a man named Parikshit Balochi went viral for filming a group of passengers singing to calm a crying baby on a flight. Balochi told Insider he documented the moment in response to the commonplace controversy around parents flying with their children.
“There’s no doubt that crying babies are irritating on a flight,” he said at the time, adding, “You’ve got to have some tolerance.”
“It’s only a child,” he continued. “It’s not the end of the world.”