March 5, 2019
Traveling breastfeeding mamas rejoice— flying out of New York and New Jersey just got a whole lot better, thanks to the mother lode of Mamava pods that just arrived in New York City-area terminals. Read about it here and here!
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) just installed 28—that’s right, 28! new Mamava pods (all accessible to people with disabilities) across its four airports:
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) got twelve pods
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) got nine pods
LaGuardia Airport (LGA) got six pods
New York Stewart International Airport (SWF) got one
And it’s just the beginning of big changes coming to airports, thanks to the Friendly Airports for Mothers Act (FAM). Written by Senator Tammy Duckworth, the FAM legislation requires more than 60 airports to provide a private “lactation area”—that’s not a bathroom, and that is accessible to people with disabilities—beyond security in every terminal. The bipartisan initiative was incorporated into the FAA Reauthorization Act signed into law in October, 2018, but airports have until September 30, 2020 to come into compliance.