In the past month, we have seen major media outlets follow the story of National Opt Out day. Now that it is over, the stories are less frequent and will probably subside as the media moves on to other stories. It is important, however, to remember that everyone must keep up the pressure against the TSA or else the TSA will feel that they can continue their abusivebehavior towards travelers.
New Mother Harassed and Threatened by TSA because she requests alternate screening for her breast milk. As a repeat traveler, the TSA singled her out to make an example out of her. She spends over an hour in the “Special Inspection” area and is forced to miss her flight.
This mother was informed that the TSA was “waiting for her” because, on a prior trip, she had informed them that breast milk does not need to go through the xray machines. They were waiting to make an example out of her, which they did. The police actually advised her to go along with the TSA show or else she would be arrested.
The woman’s request concerning the breast milk was within the law and should have been granted. Instead, the TSA decided to be thugs and bullies and detain her to teach her a lesson.
I then begged him to read the TSA rules I had printed out. He read the first form which stated that medical liquids can have alternate screening (no x-ray). He was quick to say “well this isn’t a medical liquid!” So I had him read the second form which says breast milk is to be treated like a medical liquid. He then says, “well, not today.” I started balling all over again once he said that.
Eventually, she is given the choice of putting the breast milk through the x-ray machine or dump it in the trash, which literally means, dump it in the trash. After the TSA manager refuses to follow federal regulations, he tells the woman that she must place the breast milk into eight 1.5 ounce containers and repeat the entire security process over again.
If they really suspected her of having some sort of explosive chemicals in the breast milk, they would not simply ask her to put it into different containers. They would have acted much differently and not just sway back and forth for over thirty minutes keeping an eye on the woman’s possessions. This is clearly a case of forcing a passenger into submission of the day’s made up rules out of fear of the repercussions.
The woman eventually misses her flight. After requesting the TSA surveillance tapes, she received them, but 30 minutes of the incident were missing. These missing minutes included the TSA manager taking the woman’s personal information and putting it in his pocket as well as the TSA manager photographing her breast milk.
Celebrating the Success of National Opt-Out Day! We did it! We effectively shut down the body scanners in most airports and without even causing any delays. If anything, just the threat of mass opt-outs caused the security process to be expedited for passengers so as not to further threaten the existence of the TSA. If you go through security faster than you anticipated today, you have George Donnelly to thank. Much of the mainstream coverage seems to have missed the point and is not even close to factually correct in reporting this story. We also covered some of the recent foreign policy issues that are going to big stories in the coming weeks.