A Hawaii woman says she was humiliated by Transportation Security Agency officials when they asked her to prove her breast pump was real at Lihue Airport.
“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,” the woman, who was not identified, told local television station KITV.
The report said the woman was flagged for additional screening by TSA agents over an electric breast feeding pump she was carrying. Agents said she couldn’t take the pump on the plane because bottles she had in her carry-on baggage were empty.
After she filled the bottles, she was allowed to board the plane, said the report.
The TSA issued an apology, saying their agents made a mistake.
“We accept responsibility for the apparent misunderstanding and any inconvenience or embarrassment this incident may have caused her,” the agency said, in a statement.
The TSA recently changed its procedures to allow passengers with breast milk on planes without testing it further, but pumps may require additional screening.
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