DEAR MISS MANNERS: Where, exactly, do you suggest one go to change a diaper on an airplane?
The aisle is pretty much the only place. There aren’t changing tables in the bathrooms -- there is barely room for one person, much less room to change a diaper.
Leaving a child in a wet diaper can lead to infections and skin problems. Leaving a child in a dirty diaper will surely extend the unpleasantness for everyone on the plane.
All passengers need to do their best to be polite. Anyone who wants peace and quiet should either fly in a private plane or get noise-canceling headphones.
GENTLE READER: We at least agree that everyone on a plane must endeavor to be polite.
Navies learned long ago that being in close quarters with the same people for extended periods of time required more, not less, etiquette to keep everyone from coming to blows. This was recognized before the invention of submarines or airplanes, when an occasional walk outside to clear one’s thoughts was still possible.
But you already knew that Miss Manners was unlikely to recommend changing one’s baby on the lap of the person next to you, no matter how convenient. Airplane bathrooms now do have fold-down tables for changing, which, like everything else in airplanes these days, is carefully measured to be challenging, but not impossible. We can agree that a tiny bit more space would result in a great deal less discomfort, but whether that happens or not, please still change the baby in the bathroom.