Politics

Airport breastfeeding bill: LAX responds

A traveler pulls his bags while walking past an LAX sign at Los Angeles International Airport. The airport responded to a bill that would require new breastfeeding and milk pumping areas in large airports.
A traveler pulls his bags while walking past an LAX sign at Los Angeles International Airport. The airport responded to a bill that would require new breastfeeding and milk pumping areas in large airports.
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The state Senate passed legislation Wednesday requiring large airports to offer a private space for mothers to breastfeed or pump milk, the Associated Press reported.

Under the bill, which now returns to the Assembly, terminals at existing airports must offer rooms with a chair and an electrical outlet for the pump, while new terminals must include rooms with sinks, according to AP.

Senator Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles, who presented the bill in the Senate, said new mothers should not be confined to the restrooms.

Los Angeles World Airports, which includes LAX, told KPCC its response to the bill:

LAX has locations in some of our terminals for mothers who want to pump breast milk, but they need to be modified to meet the bill’s specifications.  For other terminals, we would need to design and construct new facilities.  Since almost all of the other terminals will begin renovation in the near future, any future legal requirement will be taken into consideration in the design.

If signed into law, AB1787 would take effect in 2016 and apply to airports that serve more than 1 million passengers a year, AP reported.