[Editor's note: I am tracking the new radiation and groping policies of the TSA and am aware of the rising public alarm at what is being done and thinking "finally people are waking up to the police state mentality"; hoping actually truth be known due to our short short term mentality on other matters. But hoping nonetheless! This story left me shaking as I read about Erin's encounter with the TSA otherwise known as 'the sexual assault'. Read if you dare and pray about what you will do to stop overreaching government intrusion in your world, city, or airport and of course setting policy at your state capitol and in your community!/Sandra Crosnoe (Finding Gems and Sharing Them)]
This is Erin’s story on her blog Erin, the $5 Dinner Mom where she says “I cook. I blog. I write cookbooks.”
I have an incident to share that occurred late Friday afternoon, November 12, 2010, around 5:15 in the Dayton International Airport.
I realize the publishing this publically on the internet puts me into a delicate situation, given that I am a high profile blogger and author. This is a difficult incident to share, but it needs to be said…Because I will not be a silent victim.
I will share the facts of the incident in as a matter of fact manner as I can.
I checked into my flight and had a boarding pass printed that included “plus infant.” My baby and I were flying from Dayton, OH, to San Antonio, TX, so I could run in the San Antonio Half Marathon. I was taking my baby along because he is still breastfeeding for part of the day.
I entered the security line, removed the special formula that I had with me for the baby, as well as my quart size baggie with my other liquids. I went through the x-ray machine and metal detector, carrying the baby, with no incident.
Because I was traveling with baby formula, I knew to expect that they would test it with the paper circles for explosives. The TSA agent took all of my belongings over to the table in the center of the explosive screening tables. She asked me, “Are you aware of the NEW policies for carrying liquids through security that were instated 4 years ago?” (capitalized to show the emphasis that she placed on that word.)
I replied, “Yes, I fly with him every several weeks.”
She scanned the formula, then turned to me and said, “Remove your shoes and stand on that black mat for a patdown.”
I said, “OK, what do I do with the baby?”
“You cannot be holding him.” (I am traveling alone.)
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