Today a story came out about a mom being harassed for attempting to pump on an American Airline’s plane, but that’s not what I’m upset about. I’m upset about this:
“An American official…said the airline does indeed allow breastfeeding moms to plug in Medela-brand pumps during flights.
…[she] should have been allowed to plug her Medela pump into the outlet by her seat. A different brand of pump would have required prior approval…”
I checked the American Airline’s website to see what the policy was on breast pumps, but could not find anything listed, so I called them. I was on hold for several minutes before I was finally told that Medela pumps were the only pump allowed to be plugged in to their power ports on the airplane. No one could explain why. I then sent them an email asking for further clarification.
Here is the information on the American Airline power ports:
Do pumps have different power requirements?
Until I get an email from them, why do you think that they only allow Medela breast pumps?