Step-daughter creates care package for passengers on flight with snoring stepdad

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We've all heard the stories of harried parents handing out care packages on planes to apologise in advance  for their bubs' crying. But one cheeky step-daughter decided her step-dad's snoring deserved the same treatment. 

To help fellow passengers endure the not-so-dulcet tones of 62-year-old Alan Tattersall, his step-daughter, Grace Smith, 17, organised ear plugs and chocolates for those unlucky enough to be on the same long haul flight from Melbourne to Texas.

The pack, which Grace and her mum, Ros, told Alan to hand out, also included a letter.

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 to Lad Bible, Grace said, "At times, Alan's snoring is pretty loud. It's when he's falling asleep - it can be pretty serious."

Just prior to his trip, the teen explained that one night, when his snoring was in "full swing" they decided the care packages were a must.


"He was due to take his first international flight a few days later," Grace said. "I'd heard of mums giving out little care packages when they have babies on planes - acknowledging that their infants might be crying.

"He's used to me joking around and we thought it'd be a good idea to make some packs for Alan to hand out before take off."

Alan called the pair's move "cheeky". 

" I knew I snored but I didn't think for a moment it was that bad," he said. "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.

"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."

We had a good chuckle too.