Lonely Planet Writer

Even George and Amal Clooney have a stressful time flying with babies

New parents often get anxious that their small babies will cry during a flight and disrupt fellow passengers, and A-list stars are no exception. Worried that their twin babies would make a fuss during a recent flight to England, Hollywood star George Clooney and his international law and human rights barrister wife, Amal, give free noise-cancelling headphones to neighbouring passengers.

Actor George and lawyer Amal Clooney in Cannes, France. Image: Clemens Bilan/Getty Images

George, 56, and Amal, 39, welcomed their twins, Ella and Alexander, in June. According to Page Six, they gave the headphones, emblazoned with the logo of George’s Casamigos tequila, to fellow passengers in first class, along with a note “apologising ahead of time” in case the little ones cried. Film director Quentin Tarantino happened to be on board and he was gifted the headphones, but happily the Clooney babies were impeccably behaved throughout the flight.

He was one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors for a long time, but George met Amal in Italy and they tied the knot in 2014 at the Aman Canal Grande luxury resort in Venice, in front of a star-studded group of family and friends. While promoting his film, Suburbicon, George told Extra that although he hadn’t planned on getting married and having a family, he changed his mind after meeting Amal.

George and Amal Clooney in Cannes, France. Image: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

He described baby Ella as being “very elegant and dainty, with big beautiful eyes” and said she looks like Amal, while Alexander is “a thug”. “He’s a fat little boy,” he said. “He laughs louder than everyone in the room, it’s the funniest thing.”

The star also explained to Paris Match magazine that he is very hands-on with the babies and finds it “terrifying” being suddenly responsible for other people. “Right now my job is changing diapers and walking them around a little bit,” he said. “I really didn’t think at 56 that I would be the parent of twins. Don’t make plans. You always have to just enjoy the ride.”