A bizarre incident on board a Delta Airlines plane has travelers wondering about Delta’s policy on breastfeeding animals in the cabin.
It all began when a pilot sent an ACARS in-flight message from the cockpit to the air traffic controllers on the ground.
The message read: “[Passenger] in [seat] 13A is breastfeeding a cat and will not put cat back in its carrier when [flight attendant] requested.”
The passenger and her exotic pet were traveling on a Delta flight from Syracuse, NY, to Atlanta, GA last month.
A Delta flight attendant explained what happened in a since-deleted post on TikTok: “This woman had one of those, like, hairless cats swaddled up in a blanket so it looked like a baby.”
The woman wasn’t arrested when the plane landed at Hartsfield International, but the pilot demanded Delta’s Redcoat ground team meet the customer to reprimand her.
If you’re wondering whether you can breastfeed a cat on a major airliner such as Delta, the answer is yes.
“Delta fully supports a woman’s right to breastfeed on board Delta and Delta Connection aircraft and in Delta facilities. Breast pumps are allowed on board. At the airport and if you prefer, many airports do offer private lactation rooms or spaces.”
It’s bad enough that the passenger sitting next to you has a cat out of its carrier. But breastfeeding the feline is going too far.
We are fortunate that there are no video recordings floating around the Internet. Our eyes would not be able to unsee that.
I saw this on Reddit today. It’s an a ACARS in-flight message from the cockpit to the ground.
Also, civilization had a good run. pic.twitter.com/AjQhIaE80H
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) November 24, 2021
I could have lived the rest of my life w/o seeing this. Lordy.
— Hopewell Kat ?? ?#Love #Family #Art (@HopewellKat) November 24, 2021
Has anyone tried unplugging humanity & plugging it back in? ?
— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) November 24, 2021