A pumping mother returning home from a 2-week work trip has been forced to dump 14 litres of breast milk at security in Heathrow airport.
She offered to check the milk, but was refused.
“I offered to check it...but you wouldn’t give me the milk back – because now it was a ‘non-compliant item’ and needed to be confiscated. It was as if you were almost proud to deny me at every possible point of compromise. Despite my begging, pleading and even crying out of sheer shock and desperation for a solution (which you essentially scoffed at with annoyance), you treated me as if I was trying to smuggle liters of hydrogen peroxide onto the plane."
Last year actress Alyssa Milano tweeted about a similar situation at Heathrow.
The UK Department of Transport only allows mothers to carry breast milk in greater quantities than 100ml if they are travelling with a baby. Even in these cases, the amount must be appropriate for consumption during the flight - so does not cater for circumstances in which the mother has pumped large quantities.
In the United States passengers flying with or without their child are allowed to carry breast milk in quantities greater than 100ml, so long as they present it for inspection at security.
In Australia, passenger travelling without their infant or toddler may only take 100ml or less of expressed breast milk on board an aircraft. Larger quantities of expressed breast milk can be transported in checked-in luggage.