14 December 2006

Does Nestle Own an Airline?

There has been some news lately about air travel and breastfeeding.

Most of you have probably heard about the woman kicked off an airplane for nursing her young toddler. Apparently we are in such a state these days that offending the oh-so-delicate sensibilities of some uptight stewardess is now considered a threat to national security. After a huge uproar, it was disclosed that the rest of the crew had tried to talk some sense into said stewardess, and that she had been 'reprimanded', whatever that means.

And of course there is the dilemma of pumping Moms. For a variety of reasons, many Moms pump milk. Well, now that some nutcases hatched an ill-conceived and nearly impossible plan to use liquids to blow up a plane, you can kiss your breastmilk goodbye. Literally. Unless you have a baby with you, which in most cases would mean you did not need to pump, you will be asked to toss your liquid gold into the trash before boarding the plane. Yes, you can check it. But if you have been away from baby for a day or two, that is a whole lot of milk for the airline to misplace with the other baggage.

And checking the milk bags may not be an option in airports that require a trip through security when changing planes under certain circumstances. So all that milk you pumped on your 18 hour flight before changing planes? Trash it dear, would not want to risk national security. Quite a few chemists, you know, the people who actually know this stuff, have come out to say it would be virtually impossible to damage a plane using liquids. But since when has reality dictated airport security procedures.

And don't get me started on trying to get a flight attendant to provide enough water to keep a nursing mom hydrated on a long flight. I am surprised the airlines have not started charging for beverages. A recent change now allows you to bring a water bottle purchased at an overpriced concourse shop onto the plane. Oh yeehaw.

Hey, but we are keeping the terrorists at bay, since their goal is to so disrupt our way of living that we forgo our values and liberties. Oh wait...


Melissa said...

Last week I returned from a 2.5 day business trip during which I pumped. This was my second "extended" trip away the baby so I had done quite a bit of homework with regards to national security and transporting pumped milk!

I am happy to report that the situation is not quite as bad as it seems. Despite weather which had me unexpectedly changing planes and even with my travel agent's best efforts I was stranded overnight in Atlanta, my milk, which was in my suitcase for 20 hours, made it home still partially frozen.

Yes it takes a lot of planning and extra room in your suitcase, but it's possible.

Homebody said...


I am so glad things worked out for you. I have heard mixed stories from friends. Regardless, I have to wonder what the TSA is thinking, and how many knives, guns, and other actual weapons they miss while wasting time making sure your toothpaste is in a 3.0 oz tube, and not a 4.5 oz. one...