US women hold ‘nurse-in’ against airline
WASHINGTON: Hundreds of breastfeeding mothers protested at airports across the US on Tuesday after a woman was kicked off a plane by a flight attendant for nursing her child.
The mothers and supporters gathered in front of Delta Airlines ticket counters at 31 airports to express their outrage over the incident.
Similar “nurse-ins” were held at other airports across the country, including in California, New York, Florida, Michigan, Arizona and New Mexico.
The incident that prompted the protests took place on October 13, and involved Emily Gillette (27), who was nursing her 22-month-old daughter before takeoff onboard a Freedom Airlines flight.
A flight attendant for Freedom Airlines, a regional airline for Delta, asked Gillette to cover herself with a blanket as she felt offended by her action. Gillette refused and was ordered off the flight which was to head to New York from Vermont. afp