TSA thugs make women drink breast milk and ruin perishable babyfood to keep up pretend security

Travel writer Peter Greenberg is a little late the the party, but better late than never.

At a recent post, he writes:

Open bottles, confiscated food, toddler pat downs. The TSA can make travel so much harder for parents. One mom was forced to pump her breasts in a public restroom to prove her empty containers were for milk. Another mom missed her flight because she was held for 90 minutes as her milk was screened.

(That latter incident involved Stacy Armato, who’s now suing the TSA. We’ve written about Armato several times, including here.)

The TSA dimwits wanted Greenberg’s editorial director to open pouches of babyfood that go bad unless consumed within 24 hours. She had four sealed pouches.

He spoke with his supervisor, returned and said that if we didn’t want to open the food, all three of us would have to undergo an enhanced screening: me, my husband, and our son.

I grumpily opened the food and then complained to the supervisor who said, “I understand your frustration but these are the rules” and handed me a photocopied customer service form.

After leaving the area, my husband turned to me and asked the million-dollar question:

“How would patting us down tell them what’s in the baby food?”

Again, it’s pretend security, designed to give you the impression that they’re doing something (never mind that it’s not something meaningful). And think about the sort of person who needs to turn to the TSA for a job. I might hire them if I needed somebody to mop my floors. I sure wouldn’t hire them as “security.”

Oh, and they recently terrorized a 6-year-old wearing shorts and a T-shirt whose shoes were removed, pulling her over and patting her down. As her grandmother, Ellen Keiser, wrote, “When does the madness stop?”

The answer is: Not until more than just a handful of us start demanding that our rights be respected instead of taken.

(Photo: brokinhrt2/Flickr Creative Commons)

  • Daisiemae

    So I guess a great plan for a terrorist is to bring pouches of baby food. TSA will be so obsessed with opening up the baby food that the terrorist could waltz his bomb onto the airplane in plain view of the Bozos in Blue. Throw in a few bottles of formula, and the terrorist is home safe!

  • Dolt

    The comments on that article are eye-rolling. Several people mention how if you lost a family/friend on 9/11 you would welcome abuse and the loss of freedoms. I don’t get that at all, but even if you assume this is true, I still have this thought which is going to sound harsh, but it is the facts. All of the people who lost someone on 9/11 vs everyone not touched by those tragedies who have flown since would mean that we all must be abused and lose freedoms due to the unfortunate circumstances of a fraction of a percent of people? We can be sympathetic and help people who are hurt without abusing the majority. Why is this notion lost on people?

    • Daisiemae

      We’re not allowed to say any of that because it violates the sacred cow. Violating the sacred cow gets you stoned.

    • george w obama

      Those who lost loved ones/friends, were there for the events on September 11, 2001 terror attacks do not have a valid reason to be heard louder/harder than anyone else. In fact there opinions that freedoms need to be sacrificed should not be heard and they should be called the cowards that they are

      • george w obama, Even if they did, the idiotic, abusive, worthless procedures of the TSA do nothing to protect us or our freedoms.

        • george w obama

          And it is the cowards such as the ones I mentioned who have brought the TSA on us when they cried at the feet of the puppets and the puppet masters smiled.

  • Chris Bray
    • Chris, yes, I saw this story the other day and plan to do a post on it. Just haven’t had time yet.

  • Go on over to Peter Greenberg’s site and see the rah-rah-TSA commenters castigating Greenberg and the mother. Unbelievable. No, I take that back — entirely believable.

  • Chris Bray

    You have four containers of mashed yams; therefore, we’re going to threaten to rub your child’s genitals. This choice prevents terrorists from attacking aircraft.

    Government. Full stop.

  • By the way, please see this post by Bill Fisher from February:

    TSA still harassing children

  • Susan Richart

    It is good to see Greenberg begin to make the turn to be anti-TSA.

    • Daisiemae

      It’s whatever our masters dream up in that particular moment in time.

    • TSAisTerrorism

      Depends on how horny the derelict performing at security circus is that day, and what flavor of pedophile s/he is.

  • I just finished watching “The Wild Bunch” (1969) in which it was hard to tell who the good guys really were. It turns out they are the ones employed by the rich and powerful.

  • They’re not allowed to “pat down” children anymore. It’s against TSA rules and has been for at least a year.

    Regardless, what kind of person allows a stranger to grope their child?? I don’t understand it. Why are people allowing this??

    Obedience training. Obedience training. Obedience training.

    • “Obedience training…” Hitler said, “It’s a good thing for leaders that the people don’t think” People will allow whatever is asked of them in order to keep their place in line, in society, in employment.

    • Susan Richart

      That’s incorrect, Lisa. The TSA still reserves the right to pat down children:

      “TSA anticipates these changes will further reduce—although not eliminate—the need for a physical patdown for children that would otherwise have been conducted to resolve alarms.”

      • Ah. Thanks. I guess Pistole is just his usual self. Can you provide the link, please?

        • Susan Richart


          I wondered why the child had her shoes off.

          • Thanks.

            For readers, here’s the relevant part:

            Q. Will by child receive a patdown?
            A. TSA has implemented revised screening procedures for passengers 12 years old and younger. The new screening procedures include permitting multiple passes through the metal detector and advanced imaging technology to clear any alarms as well as the greater use of explosives trace detection. TSA anticipates these changes will further reduce—although not eliminate—the need for a physical patdown for children that would otherwise have been conducted to resolve alarms.”

          • Susan Richart

            I don’t know about “hold the child’s hand” thing – most every time we have read about parents and children getting extra special attention, the parent(s) have been told they can’t touch their children

          • Susan Richart

            Isn’t it routine to send parents with children through WTMD anyway – no opting out required.