Emilie De Ravin, the Australian actress best known for TV shows “Lost” and ABC drama “Once Upon a Time,” had a nasty confrontation with a flight attendant on a recent airline flight over her carry-on baggage–a breast pump.
De Ravin, 34, is now demanding that the carrier, American Airlines, fire the attendant for “rudeness.”
The actress is far from alone. Airline policy is all over the map. But really, is this just another case of “celebrity entitlement?”
Breastfeeding, or anything dealing with breasts, frankly, is a controversial subject when it comes to airline policy.
Generally, female passengers can breastfeed of flights, but airlines request that they cover up, even if the baby is uncomfortable being under a wrap or scratchy airline blanket.
It’s not so much the act of breastfeeding, the airlines fear that another passenger might catch a glimpse of a bare breast (heaven forbid) and find it offensive, according to parenting Web sites.
Apparently, a mother doesn’t need to even request a blanket. Numerous incidents have been reported where flight attendants will throw a blanket over a breast feeding baby proactively to avoid incidents.
Mothers have also been kicked off planes for breastfeeding.
Pumping breast milk is treated the same way, and there have been cases where breast pumps have been seized along with breast milk.
Bu she never apparently got to the breast pumping stage.
She wrote on Twitter yesterday that a female flight attendant “used physical force” and “ripped” her breast pump carry-on out of her hands as she was boarding.
Fortunately, the pilot jumped into the fray and was apologetic and calmed everyone down.
Still, De Ravin wants the flight attendant’s head.
“Dear @AmericanAir I was grabbed forcefully, my carry on bag ripped out of my hand @ lax this morning by AA employee A. 3 witnesses,” she wrote.
“By and @AmericanAir female employee…Please kindly dismiss this woman from @americanair employment.”
Someone needs to tell De Raven the real world isn’t Hollywood.
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