As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child — and apparently that village includes an airline pilot.
“Today we had a mother on board travelling with four little boys,” Finnair cabin crew member Ami Niemelä wrote on Instagram. “Two of the boys were just babies.”
Niemelä and the entire crew quickly realized the mother traveling from Helsinki to Oulu might need an extra hand or two to help her brood get to their final destination.
Due to aviation laws, infants must be seated in a parent’s lap or in an approved child’s seat during takeoff and landing. So instead of simply watching her juggle two infants and two small children, the crew stepped in to provide a helping hand, and an extra lap, for the babies.
“Naturally one cannot travel with two babies on one's lap, so we had to solve the dilemma of missing lap, otherwise it would have been a no go for mom and the kids. Luckily we had our positioning crew on board and wonderful Tom took the task of being the extra-lap,” Niemelä added in her post. “Don't you find them quite adorable!”
And in case you were wondering, positioning crew members are on board as passengers, not as crew, making Tom the pilot’s kindness even more heroic.