After going viral on social media, a video of a Singapore Airlines (SIA) stewardess spoon-feeding a five-year-old boy in business class on a flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo has sparked debate.
On December 5, the boy’s father, Michael Rutherford, who was also on the same flight, posted a video of the heartwarming scene to Instagram along with his appreciation for the staff’s generosity.
Viewers’ opinions of the interaction were divided. Some people praised the “amazing” flight attendant and said it was “sweet” of the stewardess to “let the parents sleep,” while others said it was entitled behaviour and poor parenting, adding to the stewardess’ already heavy workload.
But while some Instagram users praised the flight attendant for going above and beyond, others criticized the gesture, saying, “I’d tell my kid he’s embarrassing himself and her.”
Online commenters, however, had differing opinions about the video. Some felt that the boy appeared old enough to feed himself, while others opined that it was not the flight attendant’s responsibility to offer this kind of assistance. One of them compared the boy’s “upbringing” to that of the flight attendant, claiming that the boy’s parents ought to have taken the appropriate action.
The video gained over 18.2 million views on Rutherford’s account, garnering at least 430,000 likes and over 8,200 comments on the video.