Clearly the news right now about the TSA is all about their x-ray machines and their invasive pat downs. But here’s another story. This one is about breastmilk. When my son was 3 months old, I went to Vegas for 24 hours to attend the wedding of one of my best friends. I decided to try to keep the breastmilk I pumped because the TSA allows you to carry a fair amount with you. It counts as a medical liquid, they can’t put it through the x-ray machine (it kills the good things in the milk), and they cannot open the bags.
Since I was traveling sans kid but with breastmilk, I was fearful of what would happen when I traveled back to Austin from Vegas. I did have some trouble. They didn’t want to put it through the x-ray machine but they did threaten to open the milk in order to swab test it for evil chemicals. I told them they were allowed, the TSA manager listened to me, and they did an outside test on the bags and let me go.
The giant ice packs that I had – those were NO problem.
So, I really feel for this woman in the video. Of course, we are taking the video editor’s word when it comes to what actually happened but I believe that this would happen. And I nearly cried towards the end watching her freak out, having missed her flight, thinking that after everything they were going to toss her milk or ruin it in the x-ray machine.
WTF, TSA? WTF?