Removal of Emily Gillete from Delta Flight 6160
by Jennifer B. - Posted Thu November 16, 2006 @ 10:26 AM
I am outraged at the recent removal of one of your passengers because she was breastfeeding and declined to use a blanket from a Delta-contracted flight.
Breastfeeding is legally permitted anywhere eating is permitted in Vermont, and there was absolutely no grounds for that woman's being forced to leave the flight. Paul Skellon's public statement, ""A breast-feeding mother is perfectly acceptable on an aircraft, providing she is feeding the child in a discreet way that doesn't bother others....She was asked to use a blanket just to provide a little more discretion, she was given a blanket, and she refused to use it, and that's all I know" is ludicrous. If I'm offended by a passenger's low cut top, may I also have her removed? The ability to nurse should NOT be dependant on the will of other passengers. It is a legally protected right, recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and best for all involved in that it keeps the child content. Many children, mine included, will have an absolute fit if covered with a blanket when nursing and it is outrageous that that should have been an enforced request.
I will certainly think twice before flying on Delta or any Delta-contracted flight; I cannot imagine getting through a flight without being able to nurse my child. Nursing helps babies with the pressure changes of flying and helps to keep them calm and happy, something that all passengers want.
Emily Gillete should be generously compensated for the inconvenience and embarassment caused. Delta should require that all flights allow breastfeeding and institute an employee training program to ensure that right is protected. In addition, I feel Mrs. Gillette is owed a very public apology.