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dateline: 28 February 2019

Mom Hands Out Goodie Bags for Long Flight

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • goodie bag: a small surprise bag of treats
  • in advance: before an event occurs
  • gesture: an action that expresses meaning
  • not make a peep: to not make a sound
  • fellow: in the same position or activity

Mom Hands Out Goodie Bags for Long Flight

A mom prepared 200 goodie bags for her fellow passengers on a flight from Seoul to San Francisco. The goodie bags contained candy, , and a note apologizing in advance for the noise the 4-month old baby might make. said the gesture was very but also noted that the baby didn’t make a peep. This is not the first mother to hand out goodie bags before a long flight with an infant. In fact, this is becoming a in air travel.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where did the flight depart from?
  2. What did the mom apologize for in advance?
  3. What was in the goodie bags?

Discussion Questions

Do you think this was a kind gesture or do you think this sets unrealistic expectations for parents travelling with young children? Do air travellers need to show more compassion towards parents travelling with small children?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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