"I had fed [Charlie] on the plane, and she fell soundly asleep on me," Thomson said in an interview with YouTuber Joey Salads. "My shirt wasn't completely buttoned up."
According to Thomson, the United flight attendant said, “Listen, I know it’s natural, but it’s offending this woman. So if you don’t mind covering up, it seems your baby is asleep now.”
Thomson complied after her fellow passenger, a woman in row in front of the new mom, started to cause a scene, yelling, "I made it clear that someone needs to tell the girl to cover up! It's disgusting that you would let something like this go on." When the plane landed, security spoke with Thomson about the incident, who reconfirmed her thought that there is no law prohibiting breastfeeding in public.
In reaction to the events, Thomson has started a social media campaign encouraging moms to boycott United with the hashtag #MomsDontFlyUnited, and she said she will "absolutely [be] taking legal action" against the airline. She also posted a letter “to the lady sitting in row 19a” on her Instagram account.
In response to the incident, United issued the following statement:
"Both United Airlines and Skywest Airlines, which operated the United Express flight, welcome moms nursing onboard our aircraft and instruct employees to do their best to see to those moms' comfort. Skywest is researching the circumstances of that flight to confirm whether the flight attendants efforts may have simply been to try to calm a difficult situation for Ms. Thomson."
In happier breastfeeding news, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jacson International Airport—the busiest in the U.S.—recently added private lactation stations in four different concourses.