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In a recent story where a , we asked readers to share their opinions whether the airline was justified in removing the woman from the flight. Needless to say, this story has caused a stir. Below are just a few of thousands of reader's responses.
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In a recent story where a , we asked readers to share their opinions whether the airline was justified in removing the woman from the flight. Needless to say, this story has caused a stir. Below are just a few of thousands of reader's responses.

She absolutely should NOT have been kicked off the plane
My god people what is wrong with this country anyway? How do you think Eve fed her kids, she didn't walk down to the local AM/PM to get some formula.  It's natural and its what our breasts were made for.  It is this country's unhealthy, weird obsession with the naked body or the breast that makes me gag! ...
My wife is on the phone right now canceling our reservations with Delta
This is an outrageous example of abuse by an employee of an airline.  If I was the passenger, I would go all the way to the Supreme Court.  I will NEVER FLY DELTA AGAIN until they apologize to this couple and make restitution for doing what is natural, normal and recommended by every doctor in the world. Shame on you Delta. I'm sorry to say I won't be flying them in the future — or at least my wife, who always has breast fed our children on planes — won't be. ...

I am a woman writing this, but I say what they did was right
If the attendant had to offer her a blanket, she was obviously showing things that others did not want to observe.  Had she taken the blanket then it would be another issue. ...

Just another of Delta's many faux pas
This woman and every woman has the absolute right to feed her child.  What the airline did was inexcusable.  The flight attendant ought to be ashamed and be counseled. This lady did absolutely nothing untoward. Why should a baby have to be covered in a blanket anyway? ...

I have no problem with breast feeding
It does not offend me at all. I think this incident might have been more of a safety issue.  After 9/11, flight attendants are more concerned with safety and if any passenger makes them feel uncomfortable or a passenger seems to not want to comply with the flight attendant's request, often they will be asked to leave the plane if it has not left the gate.  Maybe that flight attendant felt threatened by the woman or felt she could cause trouble later in the flight.

A flight at 30,000 feet is not the best place to protest anyone's rights for anything.  My question is why would she not just use the blanket as requested?  Did she want to protest the issue or make a scene or make a statement for her right to breast-feed? ...

The mother in this case
(If we have the facts correct) had the right to breast-feed her child but the other passengers on the plane also have rights. It is very offensive to some people to have to witness this procedure. The flight attendant offered the mother a blanket to drape over herself while feeding her child which in my opinion was handled with respect and courtesy. ...
We all have genitals, too
Should we bare them in public? We all have anuses, but it's rude to shove them in other people's faces. This woman wasn't kicked off for breast-feeding her baby.  She was offered a blanket so she could continue doing that discreetly. ...
What is the problem with flight attendants?
I keep hearing stories like this. Why are airlines allowed to get away with this? Due to security now, moms have to drink their breast milk if they pump and put it in a bottle, and then if they try and breast-feed directly they get kicked off planes. Who cares if a bit of breast is showing?  She's feeding the baby not doing a strip tease. I think people know the difference. ...  

Some conspiracy theories
The woman had a prior plan to sue Delta for this. Otherwise, why would she have 22-month-old nursing and refuse a blanket?

The woman was a representative of US Airways. The cancelations provoked by this incident will force the Delta management to agree to US Airways terms of the merger.

A group of lawyers hired this woman to perform this act ...  

It seems to me that before everyone condemns Delta
For doing this "terrible, terrible" thing to this poor mother, that everyone should remember that only one side of the story has been aired.  Of course, the mother is going to say she was discreet, etc. And maybe that was the case. If so, Delta ought to be ashamed.

However, there's a very real possibility that the whole story is not being told here.  My point is that, while on the surface, it seems a clear-cut case of really poor judgment on Delta's part, it's also very possible that there is another side of things that would explain Delta's actions more fully. ...

What's wrong with breast-feeding a 22 month old?
Most people on this planet breast-feed for several years; only in the West do we rush to replace the healthiest milk with formula as soon as possible. Also, the action of breast-feeding helps keep the child's Eustachian tubes open, relieving pressure that can cause pain and congestion and even ear infections. True, it can be done with a bottle, but why should a breast-fed child have to use a bottle on a plane and risk indigestion or worse.

And nursing is comforting to the child.  I'd far rather sit next to a breast-fed toddler than one who's whining and hungry and uncomfortable.

And why cover up with a germy, stuffy synthetic blanket?  Just because a flight attendant doesn't like to look at what is probably difficult to see unless you are so rude as to stare for moments at a time. ...  

Some people think it's unreasonable for this mom to refuse the offered blanket
I ask you people, if I find something about your attire or body offensive, can I request the flight attendant offer you a blanket? So many times I've had to sit through a flight, seeing some bald, greasy-scalped old man in front of me, or young girls in low cut jeans or fat men in ill-fitting jeans flashing their underwear and crack every time they bend over. ...

I am not against breast-feeding in public
However if she did not want to comply with accepting the blanket, then she set herself up to be removed from the airline. Too many of us Americans are on the defensive.  That lady had the opportunity to be a good example to her family and child on how to deal with a situation or how to defuse a situation. ...

I think most people are missing the point
Of course breast-feeding is the natural way to feed the babies, and that as mammals, humans breast-feed. The issue is with breast-feeding in public. Breasts arouse sexual feelings in men and sometimes other women, and THAT is why there ought to be discretion. A pro-breast-feeder is going out of bounds when she purposely breast-feeds in a public place while it is made known to her that some people are uncomfortable about it.

In this case, no one questioned her right to breast-feed. But she could have gone to the lavatory. She could have accepted the blanket that the attendant offered. Note that the attendant didn't say, "You cannot breast-feed your baby." By offering the blanket, she was saying, "You can continue to breast-feed your baby, but please use more discretion, please." ...

When flying with my babies
Very young babies, I tried to make arrangements for flying time that did not include having to breast-feed during flight time.  Like: feeding and changing them before flight times, not waiting until the plane was 'going to take off'! It was much easier for me and my babies and perhaps this mother should have considered this.

The overwhelming willingness
Of the folks here to take this article at face value is frightening. Come on, folks? You're getting one side of the story here. In this day and age, does ejecting a woman for discreetly breastfeeding in the back of a plane make any sense? Even Delta isn't that stupid. My guess is that there is a lot more to this story. ...