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Snoring Dad’s Family Gives Him Care Packages to Hand Out

Snoring Dad’s Family Gives Him Care Packages to Hand Out
Jackie Reddy

The family of businessman Alan Tattersall was so worried about the impact that his noisy snoring would have on his fellow travelers on a recent flight from Melbourne to Houston that they made care packages so he can distribute to fellow passengers in the cabin. These contained earplugs, candy, and a handwritten apology.

Concerned about the impact that their snoring relative would have on fellow passengers on a 32-hour flight from Melbourne to Houston last month, the family of businessman Alan Tattersall took an unusual – and very thoughtful approach – to mitigate the disturbance after their father was asleep, reports Lad Bible.

His wife, Ros Tattersall, and stepdaughter, Grace Smith, decided to make small care packages for Alan to distribute to passengers seated close to the self-employed businessman.

According to the outlet, these little packs included earplugs, chocolates and an apology, which read, “Hi. Enjoy your trip today. We thought you might be in need of a little assistance if Alan falls asleep – so hope this little care package helps. Love and blessings, Ros and Grace. P.S. the snoring usually only lasts a short time – while he falls asleep.”

Speaking out about the impetus behind the packs, Grace explained, “At times, Alan’s snoring is pretty loud. It’s when he’s falling asleep – it can be pretty serious. He was in full swing one night before he left [to go to Houston], which is what convinced us the packages would be a great idea.”

“He was due to take his first international flight a few days later. I’d heard of mums giving out little care packages when they have babies on planes – acknowledging that their infants might be crying,” she added.

For his part, Alan conceded that Ros and Grace, “…were very cheeky making the care packages for me. I knew I snored but I didn’t think for a moment it was that bad. I was flying from Melbourne to Houston – it’s quite a long flight.”

“On the way back it was about 32 hours, including three stopovers, so I thought I’d better give them out. One of the problems I had is when people get on planes nowadays, they’re immediately watching a film and putting their own headphones on anyway! The passengers really weren’t into communicating very much, so I had to give them out at the beginning before take off,” he continued.

Alan added, “I handed a packet to the last person and she opened it up straight away and read the note. The others just thought it was strange and didn’t know what to say, but she chuckled to herself.”

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View Comments (3)


  1. FlyingNone

    October 13, 2019 at 10:49 am

    How is handing out a goody bag “mitigating” the disturbance ?
    Oh, let me eat this piece of candy and the loud, annoying snoring will go away, or I’ll just remain awake and chuckle for the next 12 hours of this flight while this snorer sleeps obliviously ?

  2. red75231

    October 15, 2019 at 5:37 am

    Instead of assembling goody bags, maybe this family should get him to a doctor. Snoring can be caused by obstructive sleep apnea and it’s not a joke.

  3. RandyN

    October 16, 2019 at 6:49 am

    As an occasional snorer myself, when I configure my seat for sleep I instruct the FA to wake me if I begin to snore loudly. But I think the care package idea is lame.

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