It was Juliana's first time flying with breastmilk, and she wanted to make sure she got it right. What she didn't count on, however, was dealing with a brusque and truly awful TSA screener, who rudely manhandled all the small containers of the liquid, left it sitting out of the cooler far too long, and actually told Barrett that he didn't think she was even allowed on the plane with breastmilk without her baby with her. What the?
She wrote a lengthy Facebook post about her experience, explaining,
Patiently, I waited for the TSA screener guy (about my age) to grab it...he ignored it until I finally pointed it out. He grabbed it and after I told him what was inside, he asked me where my baby was...because "I don't think you can bring this on without your baby present." Uhhh...what?! Why would I have all of this if my baby was with me?! <heart pounding> I let him know I was traveling for work. He then opens the bag and proceeds to pull my cold breastmilk bags out (ALL 21!!!!). Squishing them in his hands, holding them up and commenting on how many ounces they are, people are walking by and staring. While doing this, he's saying "this bag can't be 8 oz...this bag is definitely not 6 oz..." I begin to tear up as he's handling my son's food and throwing them into a bin to be RESCANNED! He makes comments that he's not sure I can bring all of it on the plane. <y'all, I pumped every 4 hours so I could replenish what Nixon was consuming while traveling> Finally, a lady TSA agent comes over and tells him he doesn't need to do that. She tells him I'm good to go.
See? Leave it to the female TSA agent to know what's up.
She also explains why she shared the post, writing,
I'm not the type of person to complain or bring negative attention. However, I don't want this happening to other mamas. Being a new mom, working, traveling, nursing and pumping is hard & stressful enough. Awareness needs to be brought to breastfeeding. TSA needs to revisit training their employees on the rules of traveling with breastmilk and how to tactfully handle the situation.