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Mum left feeling "harassed" by airline over feeding her baby

Flying with babies can be daunting and hard work.

No matter what way you choose to feed your baby, mums work tirelessly to meet their babies needs, even if that is thousands of feet in the air.

Unfortunately, not everyone understands just how much goes into organising and packing additional equipment your baby needs when travelling.



One mum, who chose to breastfeed ended up “humiliated” on an Amercian Airlines flight from LAX when a member of staff asked her “how many boobs did she have?”

The poor mum, Kelsey Myers took to Facebook to pen her experience.

“I was just boarding flight #1243 from LAX to ORD with a carry-on, personal item, breast milk and a breast pump. At the gate, I was stopped by Daniel (pictured below) who told me I had too many items. I explained to him my breast pump is a medical device and the small cooler was breast milk. And he still told me I need to check my bag.”



The mum went onto explain that she had done her research into the airline’s policy before she flew.

"I continued to tell him I read their policy online and knew what I had was all allowed to be carried on. He told me to step aside and said he was calling a supervisor. I waited until his supervisor Juliette arrived. She did not even ask me the situation, but instead immediately told me I need to check a bag. I again told her it was a medical device and I needed to carry it on. She started yelling at me to check the bag."

Things only went from bad to worse for the new mum.

“In a condescending tone, she screamed in front of about 50 people waiting to board the flight “how many boobs do you have.” I have never felt more harassed, disrespected and humiliated in my life. She would not reason at all and continued to scream at me in front of everyone so I eventually just gave in and checked my bag. I’m shocked that a supervisor would show such disrespect. I’m also very surprised that a supervisor would have no knowledge of what seems to me like a simple policy.”

American Airlines reached out to Kelsey after the post went viral.



According to Kelsey, the airline offered her a refund, but it left a lot to be desired for the mum. 



Kelsey post received 2.1 thousand reactions and over 500 shares on the social media platform. 


Have you ever had a similar experience when flying?



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