Breastfeeding Protesters Target Airlines

They’re at it again according to USA Today: “Carrying signs with slogans such as “Best in-flight meal ever,” scores of mothers breast-fed their babies at airports around the country Tuesday in a show of support for a woman who was ordered off a plane for nursing her daughter without covering up.”

Simultaneous protests were held in Vermont; Boston; Las Vegas; Columbus, Ohio; Nashville; Harrisburg, Pa.; Hartford, Conn.; Albuquerque; and Louisville.

“On Oct. 13, Emily Gillette, 27, of Santa Fe, was ordered off a Freedom Airlines plane about to take off from the Burlington airport after a flight attendant asked her to cover up while she was breast-feeding her year-old daughter.

She had been sitting on the New York-bound plane — which was three hours late in leaving — when she began nursing. The flight attendant handed her a blanket, but she refused it. She was removed from the plane along with her husband and child.

The airline later disciplined the unidentified employee. ” In many states, including New York, it’s illegal to prevent a woman from breastfeeding (or ask her to cover up or move) in a location open to the public. Viva lactation. —MEGHANN MARCO

Nursing moms rally at airports [USA Today]

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