Shawn Johnson says a TSA agent ‘groped and yelled’ at her while traveling with breast milk: ‘One of the worst experiences’

Shawn Johnson says a TSA agent ‘groped and yelled’ at her while traveling with breast milk: ‘One of the worst experiences’

  • Shawn Johnson recounted her experience with a TSA agent on Instagram Stories. 
  • Johnson claimed she was confronted by an agent at a checkpoint while traveling with breast milk.
  • A TSA spokesperson confirmed to Insider that breast milk is permitted during travel. 

Shawn Johnson opened up about a recent travel incident, claiming a TSA agent “groped and yelled” at her while traveling with breast milk. 

The Olympic gold medalist recounted the accusations on Sunday with two Instagram Stories posts. Johnson, who shares two children with Andrew East, directed the first post at the agent. 

“To the lady at the TSA checkpoint having a bad day… I’m really sorry you have had a bad day but taking it out on me was unnecessary,” Johnson, 29, wrote. “I can honestly say that was one of the worst experiences I have.”

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“We as mamas have a duty to our babies and a right in this world to carry breast milk through security. Having you public[ly] humiliate me in proving to you it was breast milk was against my rights,” Johnson continued. “To then be groped and yelled at in public was excessive.”

Johnson finished by saying, “I know you were doing your job … but so was I.”

Johnson did not share additional details about the incident. Insider reached out to Johnson’s representatives for comment, but did not immediately hear back.

A representative from TSA told Insider that it did not have further information on the situation. They added that “breast milk is, of course, permitted.”

Shawn Johnson and Andrew East pose together at a back-to-school event.

Andrew and Shawn Johnson East attending a back-to-school philanthropy tour in 2018.

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“We are supportive of passengers traveling with breast milk and other essential nutrition for their children and that is why we provide the details on our screening protocols on our website,” TSA’s statement continued.

The website noted that “formula, breast milk and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities in carry-on bags …You do not need to travel with your child to bring breast milk.” 

Johnson gave birth to her daughter, Drew, in 2019 and later welcomed her son, Jett, in July. She previously opened up to Insider’s Debanjali Bose about parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“I think it was a learning experience for everyone. Just figuring out how to cater their lives to being at home a hundred percent of the time, with childcare and work, and navigating all of it,” Johnson said.

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