Thu Aug 8, 2:40 AM ET
By DAN MANGAN
A Long Island mother is fuming that JFK Airport security guards forced her to drink her own breast milk in front of other passengers before boarding a flight - to prove she wasn't carrying any dangerous fluid to wreak havoc.
"It was very uncomfortable and very embarrassing and very disgusting," said Elizabeth McGarry, 40, of the April 2 incident.
"I'm all for security and everything, but that was a little much."
McGarry, who first described her ordeal on Ron Kuby and Curtis Sliwa's WABC Radio show Tuesday, told The Post she was weighing a suggestion from Kuby, a civil-rights lawyer, that she sue.
An accountant who lives in Oceanside, McGarry was bound for Florida on a Delta flight when she was singled out for a random search before boarding.
After her baby daughter, Maggie, was taken out of her arms, a male guard went through her bag, and asked what was in three bottles, she claimed.
"I said, ‘That's the milk for the baby.' And he said, ‘You have to drink it.' And I said, ‘I can't, it's breast milk,' " McGarry recalled. "He said, ‘You have to drink it, or you can't get on the plane.' "
The guard refused her offer to daub some milk on her arm, and lick it off herself, she claimed.
"He said, ‘You have to drink from all three bottles," she said.
She did so, taking several sips from each.
Kuby said, "I'm all for random searches . . . but I do think the number of Caucasian, lactating mothers who have passed through al Qaeda training camps is negligible."
McGarry's story echoes that of a Dallas lawyer, Colleen Carboy, who told The Post that in January, she was ordered to drink from a bottle of breast milk that she was carrying onto a plane in Austin, Texas. Carboy said she refused, but was allowed to board after a female security supervisor intervened.
Sebastian Warren, spokesman for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, which oversees all airport security screeners, said the agency issued a policy in recent months telling screeners that they should not order fliers to drink a liquid before being allowed to board.
Warren conceded, "We have had a few instances where people have been asked to take a sip of liquid they're bringing" aboard a plane.
But he said that current rules require only that any liquid be carried in a resealable container that can be sent through a scanning machine without spilling.