Actress Alyssa Milano has had her breastmilk confiscated at Heathrow Airport and has taken to Twitter to voice her frustrations. “@HeathrowAirport just took my pumped breast milk away. 10 ounces. Gone. Not okay,” she tweeted.
The 41-year-old went on to explain that she was travelling without her baby Elizabeth Dylan – and if her daughter had been present she may have been allowed to keep the liquid. “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????” she added.
The Charmed actress has previously been outspoken about the importance of breastfeeding and has even shared breastfeeding selfies on her social media accounts. The mum-of-2, who also has a 3-year-old son with her husband David Bugliari, went on to explain why she thought the security policy made ‘no sense’.
“@HeathrowAirport I would have happily spread milk in different containers (which I travel with) to comply to those liquid rules. Instead, milk was taken away with no discussion. Shampoo, lotions, etc were simply tested and handed back with no issue. Makes no sense at all.
“PS. Another reason it makes no sense – when I got past security it was time to pump again so… I did carry on 5 ounces of breast milk.”
The airport has responded and explained the British government only lets passengers carry on containers of 100ml or less liquid. “Hi Alyssa. Unfortunately, without a baby present, the government requires all liquids in carry-ons to follow the 100ml rule,” the airport tweeted.
The airport’s website reads: ” If you are travelling with a baby or infant you can carry a reasonable amount outside of your liquid bag for your journey. To assist security screening, please do not carry these items in a flask. If you are not travelling with a baby / infant all your liquids must comply with the 100ml rule. Spare supplies should be packed in hold baggage.”
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Photos: Instagram / Alyssa Milano and Getty