In the wake of some negative news reports about Chinese travelers’ unsavory behavior on planes, a young couple from Hangzhou went above and beyond to get chummy with passengers on their recent flight from Beijing to the UK. The parents told The Paper that they created cartoon drawings with text in both English and Chinese apologizing in advanced for disturbances caused by their 18-month-old baby.
“Five of my family members are taking a direct flight from Beijing to London, which will be about a 12-hour haul,” the mother, surnamed Fang, told reporters. Since it’s the first time their baby daughter Wo Wo will fly on a plane, “crying is unavoidable,” Fang said.
“Considering her crying will probably disturb others, we plan to deliver 40 comic ‘apology cards’ to nearby passengers to explain the situation and apologize in our daughter’s tone,” Fang added.
Fang works at a supermarket in Hangzhou and her husband is a graphic designer. Both of them enjoy drawing in their spare time.
“We were actually inspired by stories about foreign couples with kids who would sometimes give out chocolate and candies as an apology for their kids’ disturbing behavior,” she said.
Fang said they settled on the cartoon comics to express themselves because “English people pay special attention to etiquette–if we apologize only verbally and the expression is inappropriate, they could become more annoyed.”
In the spirit of the Spring Festival holiday, the card was placed in a red envelope along with two chocolates.
“We hope all the passengers on our flight have a sweet trip,” Fang said.