It’s against the rules, but a Vancouver couple says they saw a airport security official pour out baby’s milk at a screening checkpoint.
However, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority says that’s not their policy.
Boyd Thomson and his partner were travelling with their baby from YVR to the U.S., when he says a fellow traveler had to watch as a CATSA official poured out “special milk” she needed for her baby… Even though rules say parents can bring milk and food for their young children.
“The security agent was quite calm and relaxed in saying no…we’re have to throw it out…more than 100 millilitres…you can’t have it. She was visibly upset, red faced, in tears.”
Thomson says he tried to say something – but backed down, noting going through airport security is intimidating.
“…And travelling with a family as well, you really don’t want to upset these people because they can detain you for hours.”
“She said that’s her special milk, she’s travelling for the next eight hours, she needs that for her baby. This guy is pouring it out, as calmly as if he was pouring out a bottle of Coke from a teenager.”
Thomson says he hopes the incident was an anomaly – because it’s difficult enough to travel with small children, especially for a parent trying to do it alone.
For its part, CATSA says it cannot comment on this specific case – noting it has not received an official complaint.
That’s something Thomson says they will be filing.