Remember this story from a few years ago? Emily Gillette tried to breastfeed her child on board a Delta connecting flight, and was told to get off the plane. The incident sparked protests across the country. Gillette is now suing Delta, Freedom Airlines and Mesa Airlines. From the AP:
Gillette’s lawsuit says she was sitting in a window seat on an Oct. 13, 2006, flight from Burlington to New York City.
Gillette, who was 27 at the time, began nursing her “hungry and tired” daughter, 1-year-old River, and had the toddler “positioned with her head toward the aisle and no part of (Gillette’s) breast exposed,” according to the lawsuit.
A flight attendant brought Gillette a blanket and told her to cover up, but Gillette declined. The flight attendant “forcefully demanded that (Gillette) cover the toddler’s head, stating, ‘You are offending me,’” according to the suit.
When Gillette again declined, the flight attendant got a customer service representative to order Gillette and her family off the plane. Gillette “felt shamed and humiliated” and “tearfully gathered her belongings to exit the plane,” the lawsuit states.
Gillette “has since felt anxiety when she has breast-fed in places of public accommodation, and has felt inhibited from nursing her second child based on her experience” on the flight, the suit says.
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