The characters board an airplane or other public transport. Almost inevitably, a baby will start crying.
Babies are new to this world and have no language skills to articulate their discomfort or understand instructions on how to relieve it. So when they're faced with air pressure changes, unusual loud noises, the presence of strangers, and the other hazards of public transportation, they're left with the default of screaming their lungs out. Plus, the child may be ill and in pain, and there's always hunger and dirty diapers to cause further discomfort.
This trope describes the instances in fiction during which a character makes an important realization about themselves, their actions and or their circumstances, specifically by repeating a single line of dialogue but with different intonation or emotion. Scenes of this sort typically go as follows:
Alice has unfortunately lost her MacGuffin. After retracing her steps, she realizes exactly what happened and says, "I left it on the plane when I got off this morning." A moment passes and Alice thinks of all the chaos that could result if the wrong person got their hands on something so priceless. She dons a broken smile and frantically says, "I left it on the plane when I got off this morning!!"
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