The TSA retaliates against a mother carrying breast milk

TSA Agents Harass and Threaten Mother, Force Her to Miss Flight
Via Daring Fireball]

Stacey Armato:

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.

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This is how the brown shirts get started. Only thugs would really be happy in a job that requires them to demean other Americans. And this is how they treat anyone who stands up for their rights.

This is the direction security has been going in this country since 9/11. It will continue to go further unless we decide freedom is more important than security. As so many of the comments wanted to know why she didi not simply do what she was asked to to, why she was so confrontational with the authorities, I hold out little real hope this will change.

I expect we may cease to be the land of the free in my lifetime, regardless of which party is in control. Neither one really wants to make the fundamental changes needed. They both are more concerned with making sure the plutocracy keeps on growing.