@ParentsMagazine

Breastfeeding Mom Says an Airline Employee Charged Her $150 to Check Her Frozen Milk

12 months ago, 15 Dec 23:52

By: Maressa Brown

Whenever a breastfeeding mom makes headlines for being involved in a stressful situation, particularly in public, it's unfortunately no surprise. Moms who are simply trying to feed their little ones often face unnecessary challenges at every turn, especially while traveling. Case in point: A nursing mother from Arizona named Sarah Salow was flying on December 7 with her husband and 13-month-old son from Boston to Phoenix when she was charged $150 to check her frozen breast milk. The Salows had basic economy seats on American Airlines, and therefore a limited number of carry-on bags allowed. According to USA Today, Salow called the airline prior to the trip to make sure it would be all right to bring a cooler and breast milk. When she traveled from Phoenix to Boston, there was no problem carrying it on for free. But on the way back, the situation took an aggravating turn. "We were boarding with the last group and heard over the load speaker repeatedly that our flight was full and that they were taking volunteers to complimentary gate check their bag if they had a carry on," Salow noted in a post in the popular Facebook group, "Breastfeeding Mama Talk." "When we approached the counter to have our tickets scanned, the women at the counter told us we had too many bags and we would have to check one. I explained that our diaper bag and backpack were personal items, and the cooler contained our son’s breast milk and that it was necessary to keep it with us. They told us it was not necessary. They then told us we would have to pay to have the cooler checked, so we stepped off to the side to process the transaction as other passengers scanned their tickets and boarded the flight. One of the women told us it would cost $150 to gate check our cooler when they were doing so as a courtesy just moments ago to other passengers. We were shocked." The couple was told they could condense their bags, but of course the frozen breast milk needed to stay in the cooler, and they didn't have extra space in their bags, Salow explained in the post. "Other passengers behind us that didn’t have any personal baggage offered to carry the cooler on for us, but the women at the counter wouldn’t allow it," she elaborated. "Because we are a young, growing family it wasn’t economical for us to spend $150 to check the cooler and we were forced to leave it behind. As we boarded the plane, myself in tears, the women continued to berate us that ‘we were welcome for them saving us $150’ and that ‘we created this situation for ourselves’." So outrageous! Other airline employees offered to help but were turned down, according to Salow. And then, she realized that the flight was, in fact, not full, and there was overhead storage available above their own seats. "We have traveled as a family several times before and have never run into this issue," Salow, ...
Read More


Category: magazine parents baby

Suggested

13 hours ago, 17:18
@Zumi - By: Faiza Hemed
Otile Brown Throws Shade At Vera While Canoodling With Diamond's Ex Kim Nana - ZUMI

After Vera decided to unleash a series of incriminating screenshots that sent social media into a frenzy, A lot of people were waiting for Otile's response. ...

Category: magazine zumi women
13 hours ago, 16:48
@Zumi - By: Vanessa Waithira
Tips And Tricks Of How To Move Into Your Own Digz - ZUMI

Learn what you should do before moving, what you should plan for and what you will essentially come to figure out once you move. ...

Category: magazine zumi women
14 hours ago, 16:18
@Zumi - By: Faiza Hemed
Thirst Trapping! Anerlisa Sets Kenyan Men On Fire After Posting Her Curves (Photo) - ZUMI

This year has been quite a ride for Executive water CEO Anerlisa Muigai. From her numerous relationships, breakups and scandals, she seems to ...

Category: magazine zumi women
15 hours ago, 15:18
@Zumi - By: Faiza Hemed
Junior Nyongo's Latest Photoshoot Is Raising A lot Of Eyebrows, Here's Why - ZUMI

When Junior Nyong'o wore a dress to an event a few weeks back, the country went into an uproar. The fact that he's open and in touch with his feminine side ...

Category: magazine zumi women
17 hours ago, 13:17
@Zumi - By: Zumi
Fight The Unemployment Depression Bug And Get Your Dream Job - ZUMI

There was a period in my life where I was unemployed for about ten months, it was such a low moment for me. But this is what I learned ...

Category: magazine zumi women
17 hours ago, 12:47
@Zumi - By: Jahawi Chieng
5 Things Nobody Tells You About Being Newlyweds - ZUMI

So here you are Mr. and Mrs. Nani. You're both so excited about the new chapter in your lives. Marriage! Yasssss! Still new to the title and responsibilit ...

Category: magazine zumi women

@ParentsMagazine

Breastfeeding Mom Says an Airline Employee Charged Her $150 to Check Her Frozen Milk

12 months ago, 15 Dec 23:52

By: Maressa Brown
Whenever a breastfeeding mom makes headlines for being involved in a stressful situation, particularly in public, it's unfortunately no surprise. Moms who are simply trying to feed their little ones often face unnecessary challenges at every turn, especially while traveling. Case in point: A nursing mother from Arizona named Sarah Salow was flying on December 7 with her husband and 13-month-old son from Boston to Phoenix when she was charged $150 to check her frozen breast milk. The Salows had basic economy seats on American Airlines, and therefore a limited number of carry-on bags allowed. According to USA Today, Salow called the airline prior to the trip to make sure it would be all right to bring a cooler and breast milk. When she traveled from Phoenix to Boston, there was no problem carrying it on for free. But on the way back, the situation took an aggravating turn. "We were boarding with the last group and heard over the load speaker repeatedly that our flight was full and that they were taking volunteers to complimentary gate check their bag if they had a carry on," Salow noted in a post in the popular Facebook group, "Breastfeeding Mama Talk." "When we approached the counter to have our tickets scanned, the women at the counter told us we had too many bags and we would have to check one. I explained that our diaper bag and backpack were personal items, and the cooler contained our son’s breast milk and that it was necessary to keep it with us. They told us it was not necessary. They then told us we would have to pay to have the cooler checked, so we stepped off to the side to process the transaction as other passengers scanned their tickets and boarded the flight. One of the women told us it would cost $150 to gate check our cooler when they were doing so as a courtesy just moments ago to other passengers. We were shocked." The couple was told they could condense their bags, but of course the frozen breast milk needed to stay in the cooler, and they didn't have extra space in their bags, Salow explained in the post. "Other passengers behind us that didn’t have any personal baggage offered to carry the cooler on for us, but the women at the counter wouldn’t allow it," she elaborated. "Because we are a young, growing family it wasn’t economical for us to spend $150 to check the cooler and we were forced to leave it behind. As we boarded the plane, myself in tears, the women continued to berate us that ‘we were welcome for them saving us $150’ and that ‘we created this situation for ourselves’." So outrageous! Other airline employees offered to help but were turned down, according to Salow. And then, she realized that the flight was, in fact, not full, and there was overhead storage available above their own seats. "We have traveled as a family several times before and have never run into this issue," Salow, ...
Read More

Category: magazine parents baby

Suggested

13 hours ago, 17:18
@Zumi - By: Faiza Hemed
Otile Brown Throws Shade At Vera While Canoodling With Diamond's Ex Kim Nana - ZUMI

After Vera decided to unleash a series of incriminating screenshots that sent social media into a frenzy, A lot of people were waiting for Otile's response. ...

Category: magazine zumi women
13 hours ago, 16:48
@Zumi - By: Vanessa Waithira
Tips And Tricks Of How To Move Into Your Own Digz - ZUMI

Learn what you should do before moving, what you should plan for and what you will essentially come to figure out once you move. ...

Category: magazine zumi women
14 hours ago, 16:18
@Zumi - By: Faiza Hemed
Thirst Trapping! Anerlisa Sets Kenyan Men On Fire After Posting Her Curves (Photo) - ZUMI

This year has been quite a ride for Executive water CEO Anerlisa Muigai. From her numerous relationships, breakups and scandals, she seems to ...

Category: magazine zumi women
15 hours ago, 15:18
@Zumi - By: Faiza Hemed
Junior Nyongo's Latest Photoshoot Is Raising A lot Of Eyebrows, Here's Why - ZUMI

When Junior Nyong'o wore a dress to an event a few weeks back, the country went into an uproar. The fact that he's open and in touch with his feminine side ...

Category: magazine zumi women
17 hours ago, 13:17
@Zumi - By: Zumi
Fight The Unemployment Depression Bug And Get Your Dream Job - ZUMI

There was a period in my life where I was unemployed for about ten months, it was such a low moment for me. But this is what I learned ...

Category: magazine zumi women
17 hours ago, 12:47
@Zumi - By: Jahawi Chieng
5 Things Nobody Tells You About Being Newlyweds - ZUMI

So here you are Mr. and Mrs. Nani. You're both so excited about the new chapter in your lives. Marriage! Yasssss! Still new to the title and responsibilit ...

Category: magazine zumi women
Our App