- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 9, 2015

American actress Alyssa Milano went into a Twitter rage Thursday morning against Heathrow Airport in London for confiscating her pumped breast milk.

“Pumping on a plane is difficult. Small FYI,” Alyssa_Milano/status/586008965282209792” target=”_blank”>she tweeted Wednesday night, unaware that her hard work would go to waste once she landed in London.

“@HeathrowAirport just took my pumped breast milk away. 10 ounces. Gone. Not okay,” Alyssa_Milano/status/586143633956544512” target=”_blank”>she followed up on Twitter several hours later. “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????”

Ms. Milano, 42, gave birth to her daughter, Elizabella, in September. A representative for the airport responded to the actress via Heathrow’s official Twitter account, explaining that the confiscation was within the U.K. government’s 100ml rule.

“Sorry for any confusion caused,” the airport said. “Unfortunately, without a baby present, the government requires all liquids in carry-ons to follow the 100ml rule.”

But that answer didn’t satisfy Ms. Milano.

“Why can you test my toiletries to make sure they are safe but you have to throw away my breast milk?” Alyssa_Milano/status/586146216888569856” target=”_blank”>she asked the airport.

“Breastfeeding moms freeze it while away and bring it home to the baby… so we don’t have to supplement with formula,” Alyssa_Milano/status/586147378631061504” target=”_blank”>she explained to one Twitter user, Alyssa_Milano/status/586151645119021056” target=”_blank”>adding, “they took my cooler away as well.”

“I would have happily spread milk in different containers (which I travel with) to comply to those liquid rules,” Ms. Milano tweeted. “Instead, milk was taken away with no discussion. Shampoo, lotions, etcetera were simply tested and handed back with no issue. Makes no sense at all.”

Heathrowresponded by directing Mr. Milano to the U.K. government’s website on hand luggage restrictions.

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