A few months ago, I wrote about my experience flying on United airlines.
Now WestJet has made the news by harassing a breastfeeding customer.
“[The flight attendant] came up and said quietly, ‘You know, some men find the sight of a bare breast quite offensive. Can I offer you a blanket to cover up with?” Tarbuck said on Wednesday.
Tarbuck declined the offer of a blanket, but one was brought to her anyway. “I was pretty shocked,” said Tarbuck.
Tarbuck said on the WestJet flight, she was nursing discreetly, and the only other people in her row were her husband and daughter.
This mom was nursing, as many traveling moms do, while the plane was taking off to ease the pressure in her 11 month old child’s Eustachian tubes. If she hadn’t been nursing, her child could have been screaming. So, which would these gentlemen prefer? To avert their eyes or hear a child crying?
You know what I find offensive? The fact that the “visual discomfort” of fellow passengers was deemed more important than the physical discomfort of a child.
I am a very modest when nursing in public and, still, have had people ask me to go elsewhere to nurse even though absolutely no skin, let alone my breast, is exposed. For some people, it’s simply the knowledge of “what is going on” that sends them over the edge. Which is really sad. Personally, I feel like having a blanket on my baby is more “attention drawing,” plus, my children would never nurse with one, so that would have never worked for me anyways.
So, the ever humorous Krista Cornish Scott wrote a letter to WestJet’s CEO:
Dear Sean Durfy, CEO,
I was so happy today to read your reply to the recent criticism of your treating breastfeeding women as second-class citizens. In an email to those questioning this behaviour your company representative stated “If a guest is engaged in an activity that makes others uncomfortable, or has the potential to make others uncomfortable, flight attendants have a responsibility to engage the guest in an effort to find a solution.” I was very relieved to hear this, as I frequently fly WestJet with my family and I have been made uncomfortable numerous times by other guests. You may want to stock up on more blankets.
You can read the rest at Elemental Mom where Krista, sarcastically, targets fat people, thin young girls, and couples holding hands.