A friend of mine (author of Confessions of a Coconut) is 6 months pregnant, and looks adorable and obviously pregnant. She also travels on a fairly regular basis. A few weeks ago, she was at the airport. In the security line, after she went through the scanner, the conversation went like this:
TSA lady: “Ma’am, we picked up something on your scan. Do you have something under your dress?”
Friend: “Um…. a baby?”
TSA lady: “I’m just going to check on that.”
Y’all, I am not making this up. They then proceeded to pat her down (where the agent got a little friendly with my friend’s posterior) and swab her hands for explosive material. Because, you know, she’s clearly smuggling something. And pregnant women as a rule are super dangerous. (Although I admit during my last month of being pregnant I may or may not have been considered dangerous if you got between me and the AC vent….Anyway.)
On the way home, my friend opted to go through the metal detector, hoping to avoid a repeat of her trip out. They did end up patting her down (in a much more courteous way) but decided her hands were probably clear of explosives without swabbing them.
I have heard some crazy TSA stories regarding pregnancy and motherhood (although usually referring to breastmilk, not the actual baby while it’s in utero) but this takes the cake!
Readers, have you had issues traveling while pregnant, or with a pregnant companion?
Also, don’t forget at 1pm ET/12pm CT I am co-hosting the National #GoLikeAPro chat with special guest Gary Leff. We will be discussing Travel and Technology, and it should be a good time. Join us!