NEWS: TSA forces mom to pump into bottles before boarding

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Registered: 10-01-2010
NEWS: TSA forces mom to pump into bottles before boarding
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Mon, 03-05-2012 - 1:35pm

I wonder how many moms will decided to use formula if they have to travel a lot?

TSA forces woman to pump breast milk into bottles before boarding

A Hawaiian mom said she was embarrassed after the TSA asked her to "prove" her breast pump was real by filling the bottles before being allowed to board.

Strand said, "I asked him if there was a private place I could pump and he said no, you can go in the women's bathroom."

Strand describes being embarrassed and humiliated as she had to pump her breast in front of every individual coming into that bathroom. This was the only place to do it since there was only one outlet.

"I had to stand in front of the mirrors and the sinks and pump my breast, in front of every tourist that walked into that bathroom," Strand told KITV.

After the bottles were full, Strand was allowed to board the plane.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-09-2012

I am no longer breastfeeding but I did bf all of my children (but one) and this story appalled me! I believe the TSA has far too much power if they are able to do something like this and get away with it with no repercussions. I wonder if the mother was then provided refrigeration for those bottles?

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Registered: 10-01-2010

likeomgreally wrote:

I am no longer breastfeeding but I did bf all of my children (but one) and this story appalled me! I believe the TSA has far too much power if they are able to do something like this and get away with it with no repercussions. I wonder if the mother was then provided refrigeration for those bottles?

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-16-2008
DH was telling me about this article last night. He was appalled. It was the first time he had set down and read about the discrimination breastfeeding mothers experience.

What the heck could the pump have been? Couldn't he have plugged it up and turned it on? The suction sound should have been proof enough.
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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-02-2004
Hell no! I am NOT going to pump in the bathroom - I don't eat there and neither does the TSA. I would whip it all out and use it in front of everyone. But then, I didn't carry a blanket for nursing either, but that I could be a bit more discrete with clothing.
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

It's not the first time, nor the most offensive. Check out the Stacey Amarto story. The video will make you want to dismantle the TSA.

http://www.sustainablemothering.com/2010/11/26/just-when-you-thought-it-was-safe-to-travel-with-breast-milk-the-tsa-targets-mothers/

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-08-2008

I am surprised she was able to get out any milk.

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Registered: 10-01-2010
treddlesewingmachine wrote:
Hell no! I am NOT going to pump in the bathroom - I don't eat there and neither does the TSA. I would whip it all out and use it in front of everyone. But then, I didn't carry a blanket for nursing either, but that I could be a bit more discrete with clothing.

welcome

Welcome to the debate board. It's wonderful to see you posting here and I hope that you will stick around and post more often.

I was thinking about that - how do they know that I put breast milk in the bottles if I went to the bathroom to pump?? How do they even know that I used the machine for that purpose and did not pump manually because the pump was obviously a weapon of a mass destruction cleverly disquised as a breast pump?

What if I had used the pump right before attempting to board and I had no milk to pump into the bottles at that point? Or that I was too upset to let down? Then what would they do to "prove" it was a breast pump?

And since they are TSA agents and they do see nursing moms come thru often, had they never seen a breast pump before???

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Registered: 10-01-2010
lcmccabe wrote:

I am surprised she was able to get out any milk.

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Registered: 10-01-2010
nisupulla wrote:

It's not the first time, nor the most offensive. Check out the Stacey Amarto story. The video will make you want to dismantle the TSA.


I watched that video a while back - makes me never want to travel by air again - and I am not breastfeeding!

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001

I think this is overstepping it a bit but... why was she embarrassed. All the people coming in were female, right, and surely, what with the high profile about breast feeding, most, if not all, were probably sympathetic. I surely would be.

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