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On a recent Delta Airlines flight, a woman purportedly started nursing her pet cat mid-flight and declined to stop even after several requests by the cabin crew.
Woman Caught Nursing Her Cat
The reported incident occurred on a Delta Flight from Syracuse, New York to Atlanta, Georgia.
The viral photo is a screen shot of a message sent via the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), which pilots use to send brief text-based communications to the ground.
As per the message, a passenger in seat 13A “is breastfeeding a cat and will not put cat back in carrier” in response to a flight attendant’s plea.
The message requests that the matter be addressed by the airline’s “Red Coat” crew, the elite airport customer service experts specially trained to handle on-the-spot customer issues.
A Tiktok video released on November 2 by flight attendant Ainsley Elizabeth appears to connect to the event, alleging that “security met the flight because a woman was breastfeeding her cat.”
In a follow-up video posted on November 13, Ainsley Elizabeth said,
“This woman had one of those, like, hairless cats swaddled up in a blanket, so it looked like a baby,”
“Her shirt was up and she was trying to get the cat to latch, and she wouldn’t put the cat back in the carrier. And the cat was screaming for its life. “
Delta regulations permit nursing during flights, yet it is unlikely that the rule would extend to non-human animals such as cats.
The airline authorizes passengers to bring small pets inside the cabin during a flight, but they must remain in a carrier beneath the seat in front for the duration of the flight.
It’s unclear whether the woman was fined or given a warning.
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