Nina Brewer-Davis, a 31-year-old Californian mother, stood in tears at the Vancouver Airport as she watched a security guard throw one and half litres of her breast milk into the garbage.

Security staff told her she could not bring it onto the plane unless she had her baby with her. But that was the crux of the matter. The mother said she was away from her seven-month old baby for 51 hours while attending an academic conference, during which time she pumped breast milk every three hours. Having to throw out the milk she planned to bring home to her baby left her feeling « violated. »

« I was very upset …. It represented a lot of work and a lot of time and it was something that was very important for me to bring back to my baby. » She says it is absurd to prohibit nursing mothers without their children from being breast milk on a plane, because if they had their baby with them they wouldn’t need to carry breast milk around.

Officials from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority say that Ms Nina Brewer-Davis should have been allowed to keep some of the milk.

In a letter to the Globe this morning the mother calls her treatment « outrageous ».

Do you agree?



  1. 1
    Cornelius T. Zen Says:

    Good morrow, all!
    Now, hold on a moment, folks. Did you know that breast milk is an essential ingredient in a highly explosive mechanism that can wreak havoc on a plane? I’m talking about those irresistible weapons of mass destruction – babies!
    Airport security – yeah, right. You trust the lives and safety of upteen million passengers on the judgment of otherwise unemployable cretins who are making, what, ten bucks an hour? What would it have taken to find a supervisor with an IQ two points higher than the frontline dipwads that dumped the milk? Outrageous? Absolutely. Understandable? Perfectly. Once one grasps the essential understanding that persons can be highly intelligent, sensitive and sensible, but PEOPLE ARE STUPID!, outrage is unnecessary.
    Making the morons change diapers (and I mean the child’s, not their own) for the next month, and all should be forgiven. CTZen.

  2. 2
    Joe Agnost Says:

    This is what you get if you fly in 2008… it could have been any liquid, it would still have to be dumped.

    I think most of the security measures are a load of crap – but rules are rules, and you can’t bring liquid onto a plane anymore.

  3. 3
    Chimera Says:

    Breast milk as a souvenir for the kid? Oh, pul-leeze…

    Does the kid not eat at all for three days while she’s gone?

    This is not a tragedy. She should have known that the « no liquids » rule apply to everyone.

    If it’s a matter of pumping her milk on a regular basis to keep the supply in shape, there are leche societies all over the world who would gladly have taken a gift of her donated milk.

    Somebody stick a soother in her mouth and tell her to quit whining.

  4. 4

    I thought I had something to say – until I read Chimera.


    It’s all for the better I suppose. I talk enough about stuff I know little of on my own blog. I’ll spare Neil here.

  5. 5
    Dave Says:

    RULES ARE RULES……no exceptions, so stop crying and get on with life.

  6. 6
    Cornelius T. Zen Says:

    Good morrow, all!
    Breast milk from the mother is the BEST nourishment for a growing child. The « no liquids » rule is in place because CERTAIN liquids represent a threat to the lives and safety of the passengers. Had the mother been thinking seriously, she would have made provision to ship the milk separately, knowing the « no liquids » rule applied to passenger travel.
    « Rules are rules? » As in « No Irish need apply »? As in « Blacks and whites separate? » As in « Women should not be allowed to vote, because they’re not smart enough? » As in « Do as I say, not as I do? » Take your « rules are rules », and give your proctologist a real challenge. Does that make sense? CTZen

  7. 7

    Yeah, in this instance I think it’s a case of taking life – and rules – literally.

    We all know rules are broken all the time especially by those who write them.

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