Southwest flight crew throws new parents surprise baby shower mid-flight: 'It was so overwhelmingly emotional'


The Moores flying home with their baby girl. (Photo: Dustin Moore)
The Moores flying home with their baby girl. (Photo: Dustin Moore)

Dustin Moore and his wife Caren had been trying to have children for nine years. On Nov. 1 in Colorado, their adopted daughter was born. A week later the Moores were bringing their little bundle of joy home to California on a Southwest flight, when at 35,000 feet something unexpected happened: a baby shower.

“I just remember the entire day I was really nervous about traveling home,” Moore tells Yahoo Lifestyle, saying he fretted over paperwork and traveling with a baby so little. “We'd been trying to have kids for about nine years and finally having our daughter and finally going home — it was a culmination of a wild experience that my wife and I had been been looking forward to for a very long time.”

When they finally boarded the flight to Long Beach, the Moores got more than just a smooth trip home. Moore shared the entire beautiful journey in a 13-part Twitter story earlier this month, mentioning two flight attendants in particular — Jenny and Bobby — who brought all the passengers on the flight together to celebrate the growing Moore family.

“Jenny and another passenger complimented my beautiful daughter and politely asked what had prompted a flight with such a young infant,” Moore tweeted. “I gave them the shortened adoption story, to which they hastily offered congratulations, and shared a few more kind remarks.”

Moore tweeted that roughly 10 minutes later, “we heard the intercom. The attendant Bobby came on and announced a special guest on the flight. Our daughter. ‘She’s just been adopted by her parents Caren and Dustin, and is making her way home.’ The entire cabin erupted in cheers and applause.”

“It was almost like signs in the cabin had come on for ‘applause,’” Moore tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “It was so overwhelmingly emotional for my wife and I. The many, many years we hadn’t been able to have kids. It was indescribably powerful for me. My wife just started crying.”

Caren Moore and her daughter waiting to board. (Photo: Dustin Moore)
Caren Moore and her daughter waiting to board. (Photo: Dustin Moore)

The crew then passed out napkins and pens for anyone on board to write down their advice for the new mom and dad. “By the time we got to our destination they had bundled up our napkins in a barf bag,” Moore says with a laugh. The couple saved all the napkins they received in a photo album put together by Moore’s mom.

The photo album filled with notes from fellow passengers. (Photo: Dustin Moore)
The photo album filled with notes from fellow passengers. (Photo: Dustin Moore)

“What all of those perfect strangers and attendants did not know, was the emotionally tender state of two brand-new parents. Parents who after nine years of trying had been blessed with their first child. Parents who felt scared, but determined in their new role,” Moore wrote on Twitter.

The little family is settling in well in California and the baby girl is already sleeping six hours straight a night.

“It’s just the best thing in the world to sit with my daughter and hang out with her,” Moore says of being a dad. “She’s in the ‘coo’ phase now.”

Mother and daughter back home in California. (Photo: Dustin Moore)
Mother and daughter back home in California. (Photo: Dustin Moore)

“For my wife, given the fact of all of the infertility and pregnancies we lost— for two people who wondered if we'd have kids, just to have all these people be happy for us and celebrate for us — it was just unbelievably powerful for the two of us,” Moore says. “We may never see any of those people again but that gesture of those people we'll remember that forever. We'll never forget that.”

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