Screener Reportedly Said The Vial Of Medication Was An
after confiscating insulin and ice packs from a pregnant woman at
Denver International Airport, TSA was apologizing for an agent's
actions, but not really admitting anything was wrong.
The woman from Aurora, CO, was traveling to a baby shower in
Phoenix Thursday afternoon. She said a TSO questioned her
as she want through security about 1600, saying she was a risk. The
woman, who requested anonymity saying she was concerned about
potential reprisals, told television station KMGH in Denver the
agent said "This is a risk ... I can't tell you why again. But this
is at risk for explosives."
The mom-to-be said her medication was properly labeled, and that
she'd traveled with similar vials and syringes before without
encountering any problems. The agent reportedly missed half a vial
that the woman had at the bottom of a container, and she says she
made arrangements to have replacement medication delivered to her
while she is in Phoenix. She said she'd traveled often, but now is
"scared to death."
While TSA is apologizing, officials say they question the
woman's story, and that there must have been some kind of
misunderstanding. TSA spokeswoman Pat Ahlstrom said “We
talked to all of our people and they didn’t touch her
Ahlstrom did say that ice packs are only allowed if they are
completely frozen, and the woman's were not. “I talked to the
supervisor, who said she was upset. She calmed down and (said) she
needed ice and (the TSA agent) told her how to get ice from the
concourse and went on," she said.
TSA's policy on medication states "Liquid medications should be
labeled, and those in quantities larger than 3.4 ounces (100ml)
each need to be separated from other carry-on items and declared to
the security officer as medically necessary. A declaration can be
made verbally, in writing, or by a person's companion, caregiver,
interpreter, or family member. Liquids in excess of 3.4 ounces will
require additional screening."