Shawn Johnson East had “one of the worst experiences” she’s ever had recently while traveling. In a now-expired series of Instagram Story photos, Johnson East is calling out a TSA agent for alleged harassment.
She explains that she was trying to take breast milk through a TSA checkpoint when the incident occurred.
“To the lady at the TSA security checkpoint having a bad day… I’m really sorry you have had a bad day but take it out on me was unnecessary,” she wrote in one post. “I can honestly say that was one of the worst experiences I have had.”
To add to the stress, Johnson East says she was returning from her first kid-free trip by herself since the birth of her second baby, Jett, back in July.
“We as mamas have a duty to our babies and a right in this world to carry breast milk through security. Having you public[ly] humiliate me in proving to you it was actually breast milk was against my rights. To then be groped and yelled at in public was excessive,” Johnson East, wrote in another post. “I know you were doing your job, but so was I.”
TSA guidelines state that breast milk is “allowed in reasonable quantities” and that you don’t need to be accompanied by your baby or child in order to travel with it. And just like any other liquid, it must be removed from your carry-on during the screening check.
Johnson East has been candid about the transition from one baby to two and how hard it is.
“I had some very, very low moments in those first couple of weeks, just because I missed my baby girl and I wanted to make sure she knew she was loved,” Johnson East said earlier this year. “It’s just that rough transition of splitting your heart and sharing it, and trying to show your love to your babies equally.”
It’s extremely unfortunate that a new mom experienced not only the standard duress of traveling while breastfeeding, but also alleged harassment on top of it. Sending solidarity and peaceful thoughts her way.