TSA rules allow for alternate screening (no x-ray) for breast
milk and I almost never had a problem… until the week
before this screening. I was held for 30 minutes that week while
the TSA manager called to find out the rules. I was told to
“pump and dump,” and asked why the milk wasn’t clear, also
asked where my baby was and if it was really milk (uh traveling,
working mom pumping doesn’t usually have the baby with her).
After begging him to figure it out, they finally let me through. I
called and complained to TSA and was instructed to travel with the
TSA breast milk rules printed out and present them whenever there
is a problem.
A week later, she traveled through the same airport and this time, the TSA agents recognized her and retaliated, detaining her in a special screening area for an hour, purposefully making her miss her flight unless she relented and allowed her milk to be X-rayed. She showed them the printed TSA regulations allowing alternative screening for breast milk and they told her those rules don’t apply.
And she got the security tape to prove her story. Minus, curiously, 20 minutes of footage.
★ Monday, 6 December 2010