TYS Opens a New Lactation Station for Nursing Mothers: A Mamava Pod

KNOXVILLE (February 7, 2020)  —The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (MKAA) is pleased to offer an additional amenity to East Tennessee travelers, more specifically to traveling nursing mothers. Located past the TSA Security Checkpoint across from the food concession area, the MKAA has installed a Mamava Pod. This private pod offers an area for mothers to breastfeed or pump in a private and relaxing area inside the airport terminal building.

“We often get requests from the traveling public about amenities they would like to see offered at McGhee Tyson Airport,” said Eddie Mannis, Chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority. “We are pleased to be able to install a Mamava Pod in the terminal building in order to meet the needs of traveling mothers in hopes to make their airport experience a little less stressful.”

While 61 airports around the world have Mamava pods, McGhee Tyson Airport is the first airport in the state of Tennessee to offer this amenity to travelers. This self-contained, mobile pod has comfortable benches, a fold-down table, an electrical outlet for plugging in a breast pump, and a door that can be locked for privacy.

“We’re thrilled to support breastfeeding mamas traveling through McGhee Tyson Airport” said Sascha Mayer, Co-founder and CEO of Mamava. “We believe that all mamas deserve a clean, comfortable, and dignified place to use a breast pump or breastfeed distraction-free—anywhere, anytime. Mamava pods provide flexibility for facilities and easy access for moms.”

To gain access into the Mamava pod, traveling mothers can download the free Mamava app to receive their unique entry code or call the phone number listed on the front of the pod to unlock the pod.


The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority owns and operates both McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Downtown Island Airport.