Who is the Transportation Security Administration protecting us from? Crissy Tuning’s three-month-old son? Yes, specifically, his “dangerous” formula.
It’s official: the liquid and gel ban has now been taken too far. And after you hear Tuning’s story, I think you’ll agree.
But first, a little context. The TSA now says lighters and breast milk can be carried on a plane, even though its reasons are fuzzy. But apparently artificial breast milk — better known to us as infant formula — is not safe.
So here’s what happened to Tuning. She showed up in Albuquerque, NM, for her flight, along with her baby and a bottle containing about two ounces of formula. Sorry, the TSA agent said, that’s not allowed before confiscating her child’s meal. The formula has to be “sealed,” she was told.
Which left Tuning with a big problem. What do you feed your three-month-old son on a 10-hour flight?
She asked the TSA agent. “That’s not my problem,” he said, encouraging her to “go away,” according to Tuning.
“We have never been treated so rudely,” she said. “My son had to go 10 hours without formula. On one of the planes, a flight attendant gave us some apple juice which we diluted with water. We feel that if they away something like formula they should at least sell it in the airport or provide it to people on the aircraft. We were appalled!”
I am appalled, too.
I would really like to speak with the “expert” who told the TSA that baby formula was dangerous, but breast milk wasn’t. I’d like to know if the TSA has ever considered using common sense at its checkpoints. Bottled water is not a dangerous explosive, and a simple sniff test or swig from the bottle should be enough to verify that.
The government has kept almost every detail of the liquid “threat” from the public. It’s time to come clean about it — or lift the ban.