Royal Dutch Airlines has been hit with major criticism for their breastfeeding policy. The airline was asked what their policy regarding breastfeeding was by a Twitter user and their response has angered a lot of people.
The airline said breastfeeding is permitted on their flights, but mums should cover up for the sake of other passengers.
They explained, “Breastfeeding is permitted at KLM flights. However, to ensure that all our passengers of all backgrounds feel comfortable on board, we may request a mother to cover herself while breastfeeding, should other passengers be offended by this.”
Breastfeeding is permitted at KLM flights. However, to ensure that all our passengers of all backgrounds feel comfortable on board, we may request a mother to cover herself while breastfeeding, should other passengers be offended by this.— Royal Dutch Airlines (@KLM) July 16, 2019
People were quick to express their anger over the airline’s unfair policy. One said, “This is outrageous, KLM. I know you're trying to be fair, but this is not the way to do it. You're pandering to those who would control women's behaviour, prioritising their feelings over the process of nurturing an infant.”
One mum shared, “I have breastfed without a cover on many airlines! I nurse for take off, landing, to help baby fall asleep and when baby is hungry. Flight attendants have told me that they love breastfed babies because they are quiet so they don’t bother other passengers. #normalizebreastfeeding.”
“Why would a mother have to cover up whilst she feeds her child? Surely the person “offended” should just avert their eyes?” another asked.
@klm they can complain all they want. You CANNOT restrict women's rights just because some people complain. Where are your principles? A complain to cabin staff should not result in people's rights being taken away. Shame on you. #PassengerRights #passengers #breastfeeding— Adam Bolt (@AdamBolt13) July 17, 2019
Another user stressed, “Anyone offended by breastfeeding can close their eyes, change seats, look in a different direction. Ones “cultural sensibilities” are not more important than the child’s need of food. Ever.
You are way off on this. If people are feel uncomfortable with breastfeeding then they shouldn’t look. Hope you lose customers over this.— Annie Bubbles (@AnnieBubbles2) July 17, 2019
Mums should never be judged or ridiculed for feeding their baby, especially on a plane. Travelling with a baby is extremely stressful and the last thing a mum needs is to be belittled by ridiculous airline policies.