It’s the plane popcorn incident gone viral: A pregnant mom—who turned out to be the sister of country singer Jessie James Decker and wife of Toronto Blue Jays’ pitcher Anthony Bass—was flying solo with her two kiddos (ages 5 and 2) on a United flight when her daughter spilled popcorn in the aisle.
A flight attendant rushed over, not to help, but to hand Sydney Rae Bass, the mom, a trash bag and instructions: Captain’s orders, you need to clean up every drop. (This was all reported by Sydney’s sister in a now-expired IG story; Sydney’s husband also took to Twitter to vent about the incident.)
Needless to say, the Internet went nuts with quite polarized views on the incident. (They range from how dare the flight attendant make a pregnant woman get on her hands and knees to pick up popcorn kernels to they’re your kids—clean the damn mess.)
Before I dive into my own opinion, let me preface this by saying that I fully respect the difficult duties of flight attendants and wasn’t aboard this particular flight to know the full circumstances of what went down. Still, it struck a chord after my own recent flight with my 5-year-old: The fear parents absorb to keep their kids calm and contained while up in the air is visceral and real.