Tuesday, August 09, 2011


TSA cause yet more outrage by confiscating pregnant woman's insulin and ice packs

  • Security screener said items were explosives risk
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 11:27 PM on 7th August 2011

A pregnant woman had her insulin and ice packs confiscated by the Transportation Security Administration because a screener claimed they were an explosives risk.
The diabetic woman was travelling alone from Denver International Airport to a baby shower in Phoenix when she was questioned by a TSA agent as she went through security.
'He's like, "Well, you're a risk,"' the woman, who did not wish to be named, said. 'I'm like, "Excuse me?" And he's like, "This is a risk ... I can't tell you why again. But this is at risk for explosives."
Insulin out: The diabetic pregnant woman was left crying by TSA agents who confiscated her insulin
Insulin out: The diabetic pregnant woman was left crying by TSA agents who confiscated her insulin
'I got a bottle of nail polish. I got hair spray bottles. I got needles that are syringes. But yet I can't take through my actual insulin?' she asked.
The mother-to-be said she brought the appropriate doctor's note and the medication was labelled correctly, so she's perplexed as to why her insulin would be confiscated this time.
Especially because she and her husband have travelled around the world with her medical supplies, including insulin and syringes, and have never encountered any troubles before, she said.
Theft: It was when passengers were going through TSA body scanners that Arato and his colleagues opened their bags and stole money from them (stock image)
Upset: The woman, who was travelling from Denver International Airport to a baby shower in Phoenix, was left feeling 'helpless' (stock photo)
'When I started asking for names of people everybody scattered even more and left me crying at the TSA checkpoint,' the woman told 7NEWS.
She said she was able to get half a vial through security, apparently unnoticed by TSA agents.
'It was at the bottom of my lunch box because they didn't search it all the way through. They just took out everything on top,' she said.

Search: TSA employees frequently and easily have access to passengers' luggage and are able to search them while the owner is getting searched or going through body scanners (stock image)
Denial: The TSA are apologising but a spokeswoman for the agency said staff had 'not touched' her insulin (stock photo)
The woman has since made arrangements for additional insulin to be delivered to her while she's in Arizona.
'I've travelled like this for a ton of my life. And now I’m scared to death,' she said.
'It made me feel upset and made me feel somewhat helpless,' said the woman's husband.
The TSA, even though they are apologising, question the woman's story and believe there was some kind of misunderstanding.
'We talked to all of our people and they didn’t touch her insulin,' said a TSA spokeswoman.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1357012/TSA-causes-outrage-confiscating-pregnant-womans-insulin-ice-packs.html#ixzz1UZ54IpBQ

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