Zooey Deschanel jokes she was "really excited" about the perks of flying with a baby

By Jen Juneau
October 24, 2016 12:15 PM

Zooey Deschanel is dishing on the fact that celebrity doesn’t always come with all the assumed perks.

“Traveling is really hard,” the New Girl star and mom to 14-month-old daughter Elsie Otter told Ellen DeGeneres when she stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday.

“She’s great on the plane, but they stopped letting people go first with babies, and there’s so much stuff. I was really excited about this privilege — that you get to get on first if you have a baby.”

Deschanel, 36, adds that not all airlines have stopped giving moms with babies the privilege of going before first-class passengers, but many have.

“Name the airline,” DeGeneres jokes with a straight face. “Because that’s not right, we’re gonna shame them right now. Mothers and babies should go on first.”

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“What does it rhyme with?” the host continues.

” …Bamerican,” Deschanel replies slowly, eliciting a round of laughter from the audience.

“All right, ‘Bamerican Airlines,’ you should be ashamed of yourself. Mothers and babies — it’s hard enough to travel with a baby, you’ve got all kinds of stuff,” says DeGeneres.

“Let the mothers and babies on the plane first before anybody else,” she adds.

Elsie may only be a little over a year old, but she already has a favorite accessory.

She’s saying some words,” shares Deschanel, who is married to Elsie’s dad Jacob Pechenik. “She’s really obsessed with hats right now. My mom wears hats a lot and we had dinner with her and as soon as my mom came up, Elsie said ‘Hat! Hat!’ ”

“She wasn’t wearing one, and my mom’s like, ‘Oh, yeah, I wear hats!’ And then someone came into the restaurant wearing a hat and she was like, ‘Hat! Haaat!’ Like, pointing across the restaurant.”

“It sounds accusatory,” DeGeneres jokes.

“I think she’s just really proud of herself that she recognizes that,” the equally proud mama says. “If she walks in my closet, the hats are up on the top shelf, [and she points and says] ‘Haaat!’ [She’s] very excited.”