No Meals on the Plane

Filed under:Jerks,Mothering,Priorities — posted by Anwyn on November 22, 2006 @ 9:18 pm

Not even for breastfeeders.

The original incident, in which a nursing mother, her 22-month-old daughter, and her husband were kicked off a flight for refusing the attendant’s directive to “cover up,” took place on October 13. Interestingly, it doesn’t seem to have made it into the news until this “nurse-in” protest was planned.

So there’s no doubt about where my bias lies, here it is: I’m a mother of a three-year-old boy who nursed until he was just over a year old. I don’t swear in public; I don’t say “f— you” to anybody, much less strangers, but if, while I was nursing, a flight attendant had said to me, as other reports say this one said to Emily Gillette, “You’re offending me” and then ordered me to “cover up” (not a “request,” in my book), that person would have earned him- or herself a hearty exception to both rules. Right before I was kicked off the flight. (more…)

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