Operations Control Center of Delta Air Lines
Photograph ©2009 by Brian Cohen.

Woman Breastfeeds Cat Aboard Airplane During Flight?

“Meow (burp!)”.

A woman allegedly breastfed a cat while seated aboard an Airbus A320 airplane which was operated by Delta Air Lines on flight 1360 from Syracuse to Atlanta — and a red coat was called to meet her after the airplane landed.

Woman Breastfeeds Cat Aboard Airplane During Flight?

According to this message which was posted on Twitter by Ryan Spellman…

The message contained a photograph of a monitor with the following text, which was purportedly sent to the Operations Control Center of Delta Air Lines…

REQ REDCOAT MEET AC PAX IN 13A IS BREASTFEEDING A CAT AND WILL NOT PUT CAT BACK IN ITS CARRIER WHEN FA REQUESTED

…which means that a red coat — or an elite customer service expert representative of Delta Air Lines at the airport — was supposedly requested by the pilot of the aircraft to meet the passenger at the gate in Atlanta because she was breastfeeding a cat and would not return it into its carrier despite being requested to do so at least once by a member of the flight crew aboard the airplane.

As a result of the final rule which was issued by the Department of Transportation of the United States — which amends the Air Carrier Access Act regulation pertaining to the transportation of service animals via airplane — emotional support animals are no longer accepted for new travel by Delta Air Lines effective as of Monday, January 11, 2021…

…but owners of pets are still permitted to travel with their cats, smaller dogs, and household birds aboard the airplane — for a fee of $125.00 within the United States each way — with Delta Air Lines.

Final Boarding Call

I just have to get off my chest that I had no idea that breastfeeding a pet was more common than I thought, as reported in this video from last year

…and this discussion at Airliners.net reports a similar incident supposedly happening at least eight years ago.

Frankly, I never referred to a pet as a brother, sister, son, or daughter as some people do — let alone consider having them breastfed by a human woman — but I am not going to milk this story more than I already have…

Photograph ©2009 by Brian Cohen.

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