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Fashion blogger 'kicked out of First Class Delta airline seats because of crying baby'

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A fashion blogger has claimed she was chucked out of First Class on an aeroplane because her baby daughter was crying.

Arielle Noa Charnas, who runs the Something Navy blog, said she booked a first class seat so her baby, Ruby, could lie down on the Delta flight from New York to LA.

But when they boarded, her daughter began crying sparking “eye rolls and head shakes from fellow passengers”.

And Ms Charnas claims that, 10 minutes into the flight, an air stewardess asked her to move to the “back of the plane” because passengers were complaining about Ruby’s crying.

In an Instagram post, she wrote: “On our way to LA a few days ago it was my first time flying with Ruby, I had a screaming crying sleepy baby who was so overwhelmed that she couldn't fall asleep.

“My husband and I paid for first class so that we'd have the extra space and could lay down with her - once we were boarded I was getting tons of eye rolls and head shakes from fellow passengers on Delta because my baby was crying (as if I could just look at Ruby and say okay now it's time to stop).

“I tried to ignore the people until 10 minutes passed and a flight attendant came over to me and asked me and my baby to move to the back of the plane (as if the people in the back didn't matter).

“Apparently I was upsetting and getting a lot of complaints from the first class passengers. “I started crying because I was so stressed and anxious and instead of the stewardess being helpful and compassionate she instead made the situation worse.”

The blogger’s post attracted a mixed response from her 942,000 followers.

Some jumped to her defence, dubbing the move “outrageous” and “so wrong” but others pointed out that first class passengers “pay for luxury” and should enjoy a quiet trip.

One person wrote: “We were all babies once. Every adult needs to remember that when they give mothers and fathers eye rolls. You can’t help it, keep up the hard work!” And another added: “Babies cry - it's the way it is. And you paid for first class. But is it any worse than some loudmouth that talks nonstop the entire flight?

"No way should they have asked you to move - completely wrong reaction from flight attendant.”

But others argued: “As hard as it may be to understand, it's actually not just about you. What about all those other passengers that paid extra for first class? “They paid extra to have peace, quiet and space. If it were me, as soon as my baby was crying I would have moved myself.”

A spokeswoman from Delta said: "Delta flight attendants are trained to provide safe transport and excellent customers service. "We fully support all passengers travelling in the class of service for which they paid."

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