KLM is under fire over a recent tweet about the company's breastfeeding policy. After starting to breastfeed, Ms Angel was approached by a flight attendant with a blanket who said, "if you want to continue doing the breastfeeding, you need to cover yourself". In 2017, a photo of Larissa Waters, an Australian senator who breastfed her baby in Parliament, attracted attention around the world.
"She then warned me that if anyone complained, it would be my issue to deal with (no one complained)".
Better Breastfeeding's Ayala Ochert said to Reuters that while a minority of people from a minority of countries might be offended by the sight of a woman breastfeeding, pretty much everyone else is fine with it and KLM is out of step with general social norms and conventions.More news: Google Stadia will have achievements, but not at launch
"So instead of standing up for and protecting breastfeeding mothers and our children, already under the duress faced by flying with our young children, KLM would rather hold up antiquated values that shame women's bodies", she said.
Many airlines explicitly allow breastfeeding on planes, while others don't have official policies, but train crews to allow mothers to breastfeed in-flight. "I felt extremely uncomfortable and disrespected".
A screenshot of the email, sent to an unidentified customer by "Aaron" in the airline's United Kingdom reservations department, provoked outrage after being circulated on Twitter.
In the United Kingdom women have a legal right to breastfeed their baby in public spaces, and should not be told off nor asked to cover up. "I'd like all moms to know that they're doing a good job". In response to one tweet, they replied, "By no means is the mother obliged to cover up herself or her child". However, not all passengers feel comfortable with breastfeeding in their vicinity and sometimes these passengers complain to the cabin staff.More news: Atletico Madrid signs England's Trippier
Another Twitter user states that Emirates are also open to breastfeeding on board, writing, "I flew with @emirates recently with my baby and breastfed her frequently throughout the flight".
"Breastfeeding is permitted at KLM flights. Never has this been an issue, not for me, nor for any of my colleagues".
"Thanks for the heads up, will (definitely) not book with KLM", wrote one commenter.
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Commenters on Facebook and Twitter were nearly entirely in support of Angel, and questioned KLM's policy.