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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Extra Security for Mother's Breast Pumps


A Honolulu woman claims she was told she could not bring her breast pump on a plant to the mainland, and later asked to prove her breast pump was real at an airport. The woman says she was flagged for additional screening at the Lihue Airport in Honolulu Wednesday because of her electric breast feeding pump. She claims agents told her she couldn't take the pump on the plane because the bottles in her carry-on were empty.

"I asked him if there was a private place I could pump and he said no, you can go in the women's bathroom. 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. I was embarrassed and humiliated and then angry that I was treated this way. When the bottles were full, she was allowed back on the plane".

 The TSA is apologizing, saying the agent made a mistake.The agency released a statement, saying in part: "We accept responsibility for the apparent misunderstanding and any inconvenience or embarrassment this incident may have caused her."

The TSA recently changed screening procedures to allow women to carry breast milk onto planes without testing it. However, breast pumps may require additional screening

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This reminds me of the fact that people still make a big deal about women breastfeeding in public. I would praise a woman that would breastfeed. In general, it is better for the baby. The only time that I ever frowned upon a woman breastfeeding in public was when the child was 2 years old.
So since they would not let her bring her breast pump... what about the parents that have bottles and formula?? Pretty sure that you could hide some stuff in formula...

The next thing you know they wont let women on planes at all just because they want to breast feed...


Nicole Baxter COM 101-4002

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, how humiliating! Shame on you airport security. I'm sure the apology helps, but the humiliation she must have endured won't just go away because of it. I feel so bad for her.

Rebecca Johnson 4049

Anonymous said...

This reminds me of the issue of target getting in trouble for asking a lady to not breast feed in public. It really is ridiculous.. but I also feel that there are inappropriate times to breast feed. One day at work (at a restaurant) a lady just whipped out her boob pretty much on the table and was breast feeding.. I just feel in a place like that you should cover up... especially since there are so many products to make it private... This situation is absolutely ridiculous and this airport should feel so stupid.

Anonymous said...

This reminds me of the issue of target getting in trouble for asking a lady to not breast feed in public. It really is ridiculous.. but I also feel that there are inappropriate times to breast feed. One day at work (at a restaurant) a lady just whipped out her boob pretty much on the table and was breast feeding.. I just feel in a place like that you should cover up... especially since there are so many products to make it private... This situation is absolutely ridiculous and this airport should feel so stupid.

Chelsee Henderson
Com 101 4049