TSA 'Sorry' for Making Mom Pump Breast Milk Amy Strand, near tears, forced to pump in crowded bathroom By Mary Papenfuss, Newser User Posted Mar 7, 2012 1:10 AM CST 14 comments Comments A mother was ordered to pump her breasts in a crowded airport bathroom if she wanted to board a plane home. (?treehouse1977) (Newser) – A nursing mom of four who tried to board a plane with a breast pump was forced by a TSA guard to prove the machine worked by pumping breast milk in a crowded airport bathroom. "I had to stand at the sink in my heels and dress pumping as travelers came and went,” said elementary school principal Amy Strand. “I was humiliated and fighting back tears.” Once the empty bottles she had were filled, she was allowed to board the plane home to Hawaii. “It really confuses me as to how an empty breast pump and cooler pack are a threat to national security, and 20 minutes later, with milk, they no longer pose a threat,” she said. Strand has since received a written letter of apology from the TSA regarding the "misunderstanding" and "embarrassment," reports the New York Daily News.