Mom slams airline after male flight attendant told her to stop breastfeeding her baby

A distraught mom has slammed an airline, saying she was told to stop breastfeeding during a flight.

Kelly Edgson-Payne, 36, was feeding 1-year-old son Lex onboard an EasyJet plane to Spain from London’s Gatwick Airport in August when she was left in tears by a flight attendant, Fox News reports.

Traveling with her husband and four children, Edgson-Payne said she was approached during takeoff by a male crew member who told her to stop breastfeeding and to fasten her child into a seat.

“It’s just absolutely crazy that I was told that I couldn’t feed him — crazy, and really embarrassing for me,” she said.

She said she was forced to hand her son to her husband and quickly cover herself up, leaving her and her child visibly upset.

She also said a female crew member approached her soon after and apologized for her colleague’s behavior.

The inconsistency from employees angered the British mother even more. When she delved into the matter further, she received varying responses.

While EasyJet’s website says the company fully supports breastfeeding at “any time” during its flights, Edgson-Payne said she was told by a customer service rep that she must be “discreet” while doing so.

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“Everyone’s fine with [Miley Cyrus’] nipples being out, but if I post a picture of me breastfeeding it’s like, you know, craziness," she once said, according to The Huffington Post

"You know, I think people are more comfortable sexualizing breasts than relating them to what they were made for, which is feeding another human. It’s crazy.” 

#JamesKnight is now 8 months old! These are the moments a mother lives for. Breastfeeding should not be taboo- and bottle feeding should not be judged- it's ALL fun for the whole family:)
"What would I do without this beauty squad after the 15 hours flying and only 3 hours of sleep..." she captioned her photo. In 2010, the model was slammed for her comments on breastfeeding and mothers.  
According to Today, Pink almost got into a fight over the remark someone made about her nursing. “I think breast-feeding is healthy and natural and it’s a comfort to my baby,” she explained. 

“It should be a choice for everyone. I don’t like the idea of breastfeeding being forced on anyone or anyone feeling guilty,” Olivia Wilde, mom to Otis and Daisy, explained to People.

 “[Breastfeeding] is not easy — it’s messy. Like 90 percent of the time you are soaked in milk. It is a difficult thing. But it is, personally for me, a great experience.”

Victoria's Secret Candice Swanepoel posted in 2016: Many women today are shamed for breastfeeding in public, or even kicked out of public places for feeding their children. I have been made to feel the need to cover up and somewhat shy to feed my baby in public places but strangely feel nothing for the topless editorials I've done in the name of art..? The world has been desensitized to the sexualization of the breast and to violence on tv...why should it be different when it comes to breastfeeding? -Breastfeeding is not sexual it's natural- Those who feel it is wrong to feed your child in public need to get educated on the benefits breastfeeding has on mother and child and intern on society as a whole. 💪🏼💙 👫👭 #mothernature
To People, Alanis Morissette said: “We live in a very funny society, a society that on one hand says that we’re just a sexual object … and then when this other sort of otherworldly, biological wind-in-the-hair goddess power comes out in the form of feeding our children in a very beautiful, animal way, that can actually be more intimidating.” 
"Breastfeeding is just obviously really convenient with my lifestyle. I don’t know when I’m going to stop [nursing]. I’ll just keep going while I can — he’s getting his teeth so it is a little bit scary. He’s bitten me a few times!" she said in 2007 when nursing Kingston, according to People
"Honestly, I took that picture for David because we were in bed snuggling and he was at work … There should be no stigma — it’s a very beautiful and natural thing," Liv Tyler said, according to People, in 2016.
Molly Sims captioned a photo of her breastfeeding her third child, Grey: "BREASTFEEDING=JUDGEMENT FREE ZONE! 💙 " 
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Edgson-Payne contends that the airline was, in fact, breaking the law by refusing her the right to breastfeed.

“I just want them to make themselves aware of the law so no other moms have to go through this,” she told reporters, adding that she was given a £25 ($32) voucher by the airline as compensation for the incident.

An EasyJet spokesperson confirmed that passengers are entitled to breastfeed at any time during their flights.

“It is not our policy to ask mothers to be discreet, and we make this very clear in our training,” the spokesperson said, noting that the flight in question was operated by another airline and that the appropriate action has been taken to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

See more: 15 crazy requests people have made on airplanes

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'How you roll down the window?'

As much as we might like them to, cars do not fly. And yet some people seem convinced that cars and metal contraptions flying 35,000 feet in the air function exactly the same way. Many a flight attendant has had to break the news to a passenger that plane windows can not be opened. Doing so would send the temperature inside the plane plummeting to frostbite inducing-levels, endangering everyone on board. Why the passengers want the window open in the first place is a mystery to us—it's already cold enough on airplanes. (Here's the reason airplanes tend to be so chilly.)

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'I forgot something. Can you turn the plane around?'

Yes, it's incredibly frustrating to forget an item at home, especially when you're embarking on a long trip. But considering that you're not the only one on the plane, the fact that you left your sunscreen at home is not reason enough for the entire plane to make an emergency landing. These are the craziest reasons flights have been delayed.

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'Can you fly the plane lower? My wife is scared of heights.'

Sure, it's no fun to be on a plane when heights make you nervous. But, considering that planes need to fly at a certain height to minimize air resistance and drag, the pilot probably won't be sympathetic enough to oblige if you ask this question. And besides, how much less nerve-racking can the plane flying at 20,000 feet, rather than 35,000 feet, possibly be, anyway? Here are some tips that can help you combat your fear of flying.

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'Can you fly the plane lower? These clouds are blocking the Grand Canyon.'

Unfortunately, a commercial flight is not a sightseeing tour. If you want to see the Grand Canyon, you'll have to book a flight to Arizona where you can see it up close.

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'Can you avoid flying too close to Windsor Castle? I'm worried it may annoy the Queen.'

According to cabincrew.com, one passenger flying into Heathrow was so concerned about the Queen's well-being that he alerted his flight crew. Heathrow is very close to Windsor Castle, and this royal-conscious flier wanted to take a detour to spare the Queen the noise pollution. Here's what it's like to fly like a member of the Royal Family.

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'Can I sit backward like the stewardesses?'

One passenger seemed to think that this would reduce his or her seasickness during takeoff. The request was not granted. These airports have the scariest takeoffs and landings in the world.

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'Can you tell me who I'm sitting next to? I hate sitting next to strangers.'

Hate to break it to you, customer, but the person you're sitting next to is probably a stranger to the flight attendant, too. If you want to avoid strangers, airplanes are not the place to do that.

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'Can I sit next to the pilot? It's my birthday.'

Many people might want to fly first class on their birthdays, sure. But even that wasn't enough for this passenger, who wanted to be right in the middle of the action in the cockpit. These are the secrets airline pilots won't tell you.

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'Can I use the rubber slide to get off the plane?'

Sure, maybe the safety manuals make the giant inflatable slide look like fun. But considering that the slide is only activated in the case of an emergency evacuation, passengers should probably stick to being grateful if they don't have to use it to get off the plane. These are the things flight attendants wish they could tell you.

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'Please stock the plane with Cool Ranch Doritos and Kiwi Strawberry Sparkling Ice.'

This very specific request came from a celebrity (whose name was not revealed) using the booking app JetSmarter. This app is popular with big stars, since it allows them to book private jets and avoid the crowds (and potential paparazzi) at airports. Plus, it allows them to make ridiculous, very specific requests, like this one.

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'Can I bring one of the world's best poker players with me?'

Another JetSmarter customer was determined to practice for the poker competition he was flying out to Las Vegas for. Via private jet, he flew an unnamed world-renowned poker player with him from Europe to Las Vegas and spent the entire flight practicing. Sadly, the JetSmarter spokesperson did not reveal if the customer won the competition.

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'Can I celebrate New Year's Eve twice?'

According to a spokesperson for PrivateFly, not one but several of their customers request to celebrate New Years' Eve twice, on two different continents. They want to ring in the new year in Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles, California, two cities separated by a 19-hour time difference. The company grants this request by flying these eager customers from Sydney on a super-speedy Gulfstream G650, so that they can make it to Los Angeles in time for the countdown.

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'Please play only Liberace music the entire flight.'

One JetSmarter client specifically insists on only hearing the sounds of Liberace every time he or she flies. Another rich family asks to have music from "Mamma Mia!" play right before takeoff every time they fly, according to Magnus Aviation. And one celebrity couple actually requested for an opera singer to join them on a flight and sing to them for an hour. We definitely don't think these requests abide by the airplane etiquette rules every plane passenger should follow.

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'Where is the ATM onboard?'

We've heard of secret sleeping areas, hidden buttons that give you extra legroom, and even a McDonald's on planes, but sadly no ATMs. Here are some of the coolest airplane feature you had no idea existed.

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'The engine noise is giving me a headache. Can you turn it off?'

This one might be the winner. According to cabincrew.com, one passenger asked his flight attendant what the "dull whirring sound" was, complaining of a headache. Even after the attendant told him that it was, in fact, the engine, the passenger requested that the attendant tell the captain to shut it off. When this request was denied, the passenger threatened to file a complaint saying that the airline's terms and conditions "did not state how loud the engines were during the flight." Oh well...flying isn't for everyone. Next, check out the craziest requests VIP hotel guests have ever made.

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