Actress Alyssa Milano let the world know on Thursday that it was “not okay” that Heathrow Airport in London confiscated her freshly-pumped breast milk. Milano just had a baby girl seven months ago.
In a series of angry tweets, Milano, who has two young children, revealed that 10 ounces of her breast milk had been taken from her and apparently tossed out.
Her first tweet indicated that she tried to pump on the flight to London, tweeting late Wednesday night: “Pumping on a plane is difficult. Small FYI.”
Early Thursday morning, upon arrival at Heathrow, she tweeted: “@HeathrowAirport just took my pumped breast milk away. 10 ounces. Gone. Not okay.
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“They said they would let the pumped milk through if I had the baby with me. Why would I need to pump if I had the baby with me????”
Heathrow officials saw the tweets and engaged in a back-and-forth explanation with her about their policy concerning liquids that can be carried on.
Airport: “Hi Alyssa. Unfortunately, without a baby present, the government requires all liquids in carry-ons to follow the 100ml rule.”
Milano: “I was told I would be fine if the baby was with me. Plus, it was less than 5 ounces per container. Why is my shampoo okay?
“I would have happily spread milk in different containers (which I travel with) to comply...”
Airport: “Sorry for any confusion caused. To confirm, if you aren't travelling with your baby, milk is subject to the 100ml/(3.4oz)... liquid restriction.”
Fans came to her defense and expressed concerns on behalf of other mothers.
Adding insult to injury, Milano tweeted later that she lost one of her two breast pumps during her flights.