TSA Violates the Rights of a Breastfeeding Mom... AgainDanielle
In the past couple years with increased screening measures we have heard some doozies when it comes to TSA searching citizens.
Kids, babies, mothers… and this time it was one unlucky breastfeeding mother who just happened to be traveling with her breast pump.
When I read the story I sat in shock and horror — did this really actually happen to someone? It seemed so unbelievable and unreal!
A woman traveling through the Lihue airport in Hawaii met her TSA match.
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.
Once the woman had filled the bottles she was allowed onto the plane. WHAT?! Now I know I may sound a little extreme, but that is nothing short of sexual harassment and assault.
Why on earth would they force a woman to pump in public — especially in a BUSY airport?
I can’t even imagine how she felt! I know I would have been embarrassed beyond belief!
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.”
I am sure the public apology to save face really means a lot to her after being forced to expose her breasts and pump in front of an airport bathroom full of strangers!
Another huge TSA fail!
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