Nicole Moberg, a working mom, claims she was recently detained by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for over an hour because of her breast milk at Lindbergh Field in San Diego, California.
Moberg works in sales for a medical company and flies up to five days a week. While traveling, the sales representative pumps milk for her 7-month-old baby.
Moberg had almost 50 small bags of milk stored in two one-gallon Ziplock bags when she tried to fly last Thursday (video below).
"[Normally] It's a little swatch and they attach it to a handle, and they kind of swish it over the bag and a little over the milk and they run it through a machine, and they let me go most of the time," Moberg told 10 News. "This time… they checked every single bag."
She claimed that a TSA agent told her, "If you just put this all in one jug, it would have been fine."
"That makes a lot of sense," Moberg told 10 News. "I'm going to go around to my meetings with a jug of milk?"
"I get it, I get that you want to protect travelers, but I do feel that there needs to be something in place for working moms," Moberg added.
The TSA told 10 News that proper protocols were followed and that Moberg was detained for 10 minutes, not an hour.
The TSA ended up paying $75,000 to mother Stacy Armato in April after she sued the government agency over a similar situation at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, notes KABC.
She was forced to stand in a holding area for 40 minutes because she did not want her breast milk X-rayed. Armato was told she would either have to allow the X-ray or TSA agents would throw the breast milk out.
According to the TSA website: "Medically required liquids, such as medications, creams and breast milk, are permitted to be brought on board an aircraft."
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