One young mother took to social media after an airplane crew member relegated her to an in-flight lavatory after she requested to pump breast milk in the back of the plane.
ABC News reported Molly Guy, the owner and creative director of the bridal atelier Stone Fox Bride in Manhattan, was on board of a JetBlue flight from New York to Oakland, California when she requested to sit in the back of the plane to pump breast milk so that she wouldn’t bother the people sitting next to her.
Though the space was vacant, she said, the attendant denied her request and suggested she remove herself to the restroom instead.The airline said it has since apologized for a “crewmember’s error.”
“It’s a six-hour flight, so I had expected I would pump once or twice,” Guy told ABC News. “I was sitting next to an elderly couple and didn’t want to pump in my seat, so I asked one of the attendants if I could pump in the back area of the plane where [the crew] gather.”
Apparently the vacant seat was reserved for flight attendants in case there was turbulence, but at the time, Guy said there was no turbulence and the seat was vacant.
Guy took to social media by posting on Instagram the following caption:
“Writing this from a JetBlue flight where I have been banned from pumping in the back area due to the ‘comfortability’ of the passengers. Ouch. Six hours from NYC to Oakland. Have you ever tried hand expressing eight ounces of breast milk crouched in an airplane bathroom with a line of passengers outside the door? ?#?notfun?. @jetblue”
Morgan Johnston, a corporate communications manager at JetBlue, suggested in a written statement that the flight attendant did not correctly follow the airline’s policy.
“We have a clear policy on accommodating breastfeeding mothers that states any nursing mother wishing to breastfeed their infants have the right to do so in any public accommodation including the aircraft cabin,” wrote Johnston. “The policy also states that crewmembers may not suggest to the nursing mother that she use a blanket to cover-up or go to the lavatory for breastfeeding purposes.”
Guy pointed out how embarrassed she was since she’s already carrying around extra luggage.
“It’s the first time I’m away from my kids,” she added. “I’m traveling with five freezer bags and six ice packs and a huge breast pump, and it’s an added obstacle and embarrassing one to have to run into.”