Back in February, Keke Palmer gave birth to her first baby. It was a boy, and she and her partner, Darius Jackson, named him Leodis Andrellton Jackson (“Leo” for short). Yesterday, 29-year-old Keke took to Twitter to share some new-mom grievances. People reports that Amy encountered “breast milk discrimination” while traveling through the Houston Airport with her son. Apparently, TSA threatened to throw out over 16 ounces of breast milk Keke had pumped for baby Leo cuz it was over the carry-on liquid limit of 3.4 ounces. Soooo breast milk is OK inside the breast, but not outside? What’s next? I won’t be allowed to fly with a giant bottle of my own piss??
Keke says the threats to throw out her precious milk ruined her mood, and she “should’ve popped my tit out right then” because all her efforts to pre-pump had been thwarted. Here’s Keke’s tweet:
Breast milk discrimination at the Houston airport ruined my mood. I should’ve popped my tit out right then because the discretion and comfort of pumping is thwarted with threats to throw out over 16oz my babies food?!?!!! Why is that not a crime??
I’M A MOTHER for crying out…
— Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) June 12, 2023
The officials who gave Keke a hard time about her breast milk were in the wrong. According to People (where I get all my air travel rules), the TSA considers breast milk a “medically necessary” liquid, and, therefore, it shouldn’t be subject to the usual carry-on liquid limit of 3.4 ounces. But passengers are advised to take the breast milk out of their carry-on bag to be screened separately. Other moms took to the comments to swap their own breast milk discrimination airport stories. Apparently, lots of people experienced similar issues at the Atlanta airport. And this isn’t even the first time airport security targeted a celebrity breastfeeder. Back in 2015, security at Heathrow Airport in London actually confiscated Alyssa Milano’s breast milk and threw it in the trash.
Maybe those TSA agents who targeted Keke were assholes. Or perhaps they simply forgot the rules. Or maybe, just maybe, they wanted to get their hands on some precious celebrity breast milk. To sell on eBay or… well, I don’t know what else they’d do with it, but there are a lot of pervy weirdos out there. For everyone’s sake, let’s just leave it at eBay!
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