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TSA settles with mom who objected to X-raying breast milk

TSA Settles With Mom Who Objected To X-Raying Breast Milk

A California mother reached a settlement Wednesday after suing the Transportation Security Administration.

Stacey Armato says agents gave her a hard time when she asked that her breast milk not be X-rayed at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in 2010. ABC says, "She pleaded for an alternate way to screen it."

Armato says while screeners were trying to figure out what to do, they put her in this glass room for nearly 40 minutes.

Armato says the experience was humiliating and made her feel like an animal in a cage. Before being confined, she showed a print-out of the TSA rules to a screener, and this is what happened:

"He read them and it says breast milk is a medical liquid. It is to be alternately screened. And he just didn't want to accept it."

Armato says she takes care of her body, and didn't want the X-ray radiation to negatively affect her milk.

KABC spoke to the mother: "I put a lot of time into eating organic, drinking lots of water, staying in shape. Why would I then send my milk through the X-ray?"

Armato's lawyer filed a federal lawsuit against the TSA. Armato says it was the only way to publicize the incident. KCBS says, "Suing the U.S. government is the only way for us to have been able to promote any kind of change. We had to file a lawsuit in order to hold their feet to the fire."

The TSA offered Armato a $75,000 settlement and promises to re-train screeners. Armato says the settlement will go toward attorney's fees and to a non-profit that provides support for breastfeeding moms.

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dlerch April 25 2014 at 6:00 AM

She better make sure her taxes are in order from here on out...because the government will be looking to get that $75,000 back somehow...

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wt03 April 25 2014 at 6:15 AM

I do not understand this. I NEVER go through the xray machine. People are given the option of hnd screening and I ALWAYS do that. Why wasn't she given that option?

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bdgrizcp April 25 2014 at 7:20 AM

The only thing worse than a bully is an ignorant bully, and the TSA has scads of them. In fact it seems they go out of their way to act and be stupid. It must be a job requirement.

Exposing breast milk to X-rays is extra stupid. The screener might have been like an employee of the month.

I am so proud of this woman for standing up to these people. Thank you!

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joan April 25 2014 at 7:24 AM

The rules seem quite clear. Article does not make clear how the TSA handled this particular incident. Wonder what alternate method they used for this screening. Thanks to the mom who went the extra mile and sued in order to expose this situation. We need more and more brave people to expose the inequalities and illegalities in the Obama Administration.

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gramargo joan April 25 2014 at 8:15 PM

In truth the Obama administration had nothing to do with the silliness of the agent in this situation. The rules were clear, she had a copy, and the agent ignored these rules. Then he/she put her into the glass cage where everyone else could see her for 40 minutes. I too thank the mother for standing up to TSA in this matter, but let's put the blame where it belongs, on improperly trained or perhaps ignorant agents.

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Taylors April 25 2014 at 7:24 AM

Terrorist win when we lock woman in a holding area over breast milk.

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jhozef April 25 2014 at 7:25 AM

If you think that the intrusion forced upon us at airports is bad, just wait a few more years when facial recognition cameras, id chips, militarized police checkpoints, and other threats against our freedoms go into effect. All in the name of safety and protecting us from the "terrorists". No thanks, I would rather have my freedom back.

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tracerelectrical jhozef April 25 2014 at 7:32 AM

Right on. People are not fully awake yet.

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Linda Kemp April 25 2014 at 7:50 AM

Goes to show you they hire just about anyone at TSA.

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Paul Linda Kemp April 25 2014 at 8:08 AM

Not anyone just the worst of the worst

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pistolpete58 April 25 2014 at 7:51 AM

all airport screeners are differerent what u get through one airport gets taken away at another -no set rules -nice security we have lol lol

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Studman Gordon! April 25 2014 at 7:52 AM

Good for her!!...I stopped traveling by plane as much as possible over observing early 2000's incidents myself over grandma and infant pat-downs, not to mention TSA agents in St Louis of their overly aggressive, belligerent loud voices with Lambert Airports constant public address system blaring out about how they would arrest anyone staying too long in the pick-up area...

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Paul Studman Gordon! April 25 2014 at 8:06 AM

These TSA goons always remind me of the brown shirted ones in Germany in the 1930s

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Me April 25 2014 at 7:54 AM

I can understand the reason the woman did NOT want her breastmilk x-rayed, but they must have some other type of testing they can do on it in order to find out if it's as she says. But then again, she's not a muslim, so that's why she was detained. Before all the racists go off on me, it's very rare for an American woman with a baby yet, to be a suicide bomber.

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