Today’s TSA Story

TSA allegedly refuses to follow its own policies regarding breast milk and detains mother long enough for her to miss her own flight:

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.

As my items come through security this time, I notice immediately that I was dealing with the same people from the week before. The woman tells me right away that my milk might have to go through the x-ray, and then I tell her I printed the rules. I go to grab the rules on top of my bag and she freaks out and pushes my arm away. Another guy comes over and calls for “back up” and they put in me back in the glass cage. Standing 50 ft away are the same manager and supervisor I had dealt with the previous week.

They will stall for 20 minutes before coming over to me.

Meanwhile, one of the guys comes over to me and tells me “to be quiet if I know what’s good for me.” At the end of this portion I have been locked up for just under 10 minutes. The whole ordeal takes just under 1 hour.

Here is the rule on TSA website that Blueshirts sometimes doesn’t abide by.


  1. .

    There should be no problem X-raying breast milk in the first place.

    By making exceptions for beast milk the TSA legitimizes the same sort of “folk ignorance” that is a bane of our society!

    1. True, in that X-rays are electromagnetic radiation (like light) as opposed to ionizing radiation (like uranium) The milk in breasts would be exposed to X-rays if a women passed through a scanner, and I have yet to hear that argument brought up. It’s not the single doses that get you, and breastmilk likely doesn’t hang around long enough to be scanned dozens of times.

      That being said, this whole thing is appalling. As someone once said, “I’m literally angry with rage” Just watching this kind of thing makes me want to stab the manager in the neck with a pen. First off, the fact that they wouldn’t follow the TSA’s written policy is grounds for disciplinary action in my books. The TSA’s policies may be a joke overall, but if they aren’t even followed, then what’s the bloody point of having them? In fact, a TSA employee intentionally disobeying TSA regulations (and perhaps federal law) should possibly be arrested. Who’s to say they’re not screwing up with real threats.

      I’m also suspicious of the glass holding pen. The only reason I see for an enclosure like that is to embarrass the hell out of whomever you put in it. Under threat of being caged, the public is more likely to submit to TSA dumbfuckery without resistance.

      The biggest surprise is the fact that this footage came to light at all. Again, some will say they were just following orders, like the people who ran the trains in Nazi-occupied countries. “I’m just following orders. I’m just putting people on a train. I’m not hurting anyone.”

      1. Right. I was just examining another aspect of the situation that seems less obvious to everyone. That doesn’t mean that I side with the TSA. Amazing how people jump to conclusions just because I didn’t preface what I wrote with an unequivocal denunciation of the behavior of the TSA agents. Amazing and sad.

    1. I’m not limited to veggies, but I second that statement. It’s kind funny how the US is it’s own biggest problem. I don’t even have time to worry about security. Terrorists are small game, I have heart problems and BP to worry about.

  2. These pricks seem to be getting worse by the day. I feel bad for the woman having to go through that process with the slimey gits. I just can’t think of anything good about them.

    1. I would agree with you, except nobody looks down on the one in the box except for the pissant TSA agents who put them in there. I pity them, not for any supposed poor life choice, but because they just happened to get their number pulled for whatever arbitrary reason.

  3. Maybe I’m a little over-sensitive, but a lot of these issues are starting to sound a lot like we are targeting women, rather than targeting terrorists. Modest? Sexually invasive and humiliating pat down! Menstruating? Special security screening! Breast milk? Harassment and special security screening! Breast cancer? Humiliation, and special security screening! Let’s not forget the millions of women who are the victims of rape/molestation/incest who face a “pat down.”

  4. Here is the rule on TSA website that Blueshirts sometimes doesn’t abide by.

    Maybe they should just get to the point and start wearing brown shirts.

  5. They “saw her coming” and went out of their way to single her out with the single intent to harass her. The TSAgents are bulling people and abusing their (hopefully short-termed) power.

  6. I’m beginning to get the feeling that you have something against the new TSA screening policies. Then again, i’m probably just reading too much into it like i always do.

  7. Rampage, please do a little online research on ionizing radiation before making the odd claim that x-rays are not, they very much are. Millikan’s oil drop experiment depends on knocking some electrons out of place using x-rays to work; hasn’t everyone done this in physics class. 🙂 And also the risk from a single dose is small but not zero. Dose limits are arbitrary and set by what is considered acceptable risks. It only takes one bond breaking in the right place to give one cancer. With so many people being irradiated the low probability is multiplied by a huge number of travelers and the result is that at least some people will get cancer from the scanners that use x-rays. Also there is very little historical data on the relatively low energy radiation compared to medical diagnostic x-rays or cosmic radiation from air travel so claims that the risk is ignorable are only guesses. How do you like being used as a guinea pig? Leukemia anyone?

    The fact that medical items and not people are exempted pretty much proves that those making the rules do not know what they are doing. Breaking a few bonds in someone’s pills will not change it sufficiently to cause harm but just one single coding error in a living cell can and will cause cancer in a person who’s immune system is compromised or simply misses disabling the mutation.

    1. First off, we’re talking about milk here, not people. Doesn’t matter if it’s in a jug or in some nice lady’s jugs. As you said, breaking a few bonds in someone’s pills won’t change it sufficiently to do any harm, just as with milk. I do agree that it’s asinine that medical items are exempt but humans are not, given that the perceived risk is the reverse.

      In the interests of simplicity I omitted details, but I guess I should have stated “ionizing particles.” I was trying to show that the term “radiation” has different levels of severity. Ultraviolet radiation will give you a sunburn. Radioactive decay will give you a really bad sunburn, plus some hair loss, leukemia, and possibly a heap ‘o death.

      As an aside, I wonder how many cases of foot cancer were caused by the X-Ray shoe-fitting devices of the first half of the 20th century (a.k.a. the Pedoscope)

  8. The big issue is that the TSA agents are acting unilaterally. There is no one to appeal to. The supervisors are not helping the public. So, they do something against their own rules and you get punished. At least with the police, there are legitimate avenues to fix things. Here, you have an hour to get on a plane home. And they can easily screw that up on a whim and maybe worse. Mess with you for your remaining flying days. It is power that corrupts.

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