TSA takes insulin from pregnant woman

by RT.com
Aug. 06, 2011

Every time you think that the TSA has hit the bottom, they manage to hit a new low. This time a Denver couple has filed a formal grievance toward the security agency for seizing doses of insulin from a mother-to-be at Denver International Airport.

"It made me feel upset and made me feel somewhat helpless," said Aaron Nieman, husband of the alleged victim, to the ABC affiliate in Denver. The couple argued that they have traveled the world by plane and have never had an issue with their medical supplies.

The incident occurred when Mrs. Nieman was traveling unaccompanied to a baby shower in Phoenix. She was questioned about her items by a TSA agent while going through a security screening.

The pregnant mother came prepared if a situation like this were to occur with a doctor's letter explaining her health condition, but according to the TSA agent Mrs. Niewman was a risk. "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 told the ABC affiliate she had asked the agent. "This is a risk for explosives," the TSA agent allegedly told her.

According to Niewman the prescription was properly labeled, but she was still baffled as to why her insulin would be taken away.

Despite the TSA agents efforts she was able to get half a vial through security."It was at the bottom of my lunch box... they didn't search it all the way through." she explained to the media.

Mrs. Niewman was able to make arrangements for insulin to be sent to her while in Arizona.







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