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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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ROCKY SAYS HI April 26 2014 at 1:57 AM

I REALY LIKE STACEY SHE IS A GOOD PERSON I DONT THINK THIS SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED TO HER I THINK THIS VERY WRONG AND THE AIRPORT FOR EXRAYS IS AT FALT AND SHE SHOULD GET MORE THAN THAT THEY OFFERED HER. THIS IS NOT RIGHT !!!!!!!

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dimag56in41 April 25 2014 at 11:20 PM

was it chocolate?

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Goodlookin' April 25 2014 at 11:13 PM

Did the TSA X-ray the mother ? If so, wouldn't the milk in her breasts also be exposed to the effects of the x-rays in the same manor ? But I'm glad she won her case about this. The TSA agent needs to read and know the rules he/she is required to follow.

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eltrip April 25 2014 at 9:50 PM

Kids are sneaking onto the tarmac undetected and getting in a/c wheel wells and taking a joy ride to Hawaii and we're hassling a lady over her breast milk.

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wlh1923 eltrip April 25 2014 at 9:56 PM

No, we're dealing with idiots who have a problem with authority. Simple as that. X-rauys aren't going to harm her milk any more that the radio waves, solar rays, microwave ray and solar flares will harm her milk. Actually, the air she breathes, the sunlight she basks in, the cell phone she uses, the microwaves she uses, the makeup she uses, the meat she eats and the second hand cigarette smoke she absorbs are all infinitately more harmful to her and her milk than a one second x-ray. People like her just have to buck authority. The reason she gave - her milk??? - pffffffft. F...ing nonsense. Simple solution there is: You don't want to be x-rayed? No problem, you can go home because you're not getting on the plane. G'bye.

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eltrip April 25 2014 at 9:46 PM

Is it too much to ask TSA to follow their own rules?

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fordgarye April 25 2014 at 10:54 PM

If TSA is such a high touted organization that is supposed to ensure our safety in the sky, how come they hire people who can't think - but then what should we expect when you pay people minimum wages, you get minimum skilled people. I've had a "run in" with a TSA agent - arrogant, nasty, unreasonable, and utterly stupid....and no sense of shame. Causing humiliation seemed to be one of their sports....that, along with getting their rocks off viewing body scans!

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raidrmik67 April 25 2014 at 7:59 PM

The problem is you give these people a smidgen of authority and it goes to their heads, even the 7/11 security guard think's he's "all that" cause he has a fake badge and a title. She obviously declared that she had this item so what were they afraid of? She had a liquid explosives inside the milk bag? Would a terrorist actually present the paperwork explaining how breast milk is to be examined? Not even a shred of common sense come's into play here. When my mom flew I was SO worried about her getting her insulin on board and told her to make sure she contacted the NSA before hand BUT from what I've read that doesn't even seem to help, they forced one woman to leave her insulin and board a flight without it.

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GENEVAOHMAN48 raidrmik67 April 25 2014 at 8:06 PM

breast milk has no reason to eb xrayed the tsa agent probably jacked off to it

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maximogallego GENEVAOHMAN48 April 25 2014 at 8:13 PM

Probably! They check out all the females on their Xray pics.

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raidrmik67 April 25 2014 at 8:02 PM

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."??????>>>>>>>

My favorite part? What more can a person do? You show THEM THEIR RULES and they refuse to acknowledge them?

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pjarizona raidrmik67 April 25 2014 at 8:06 PM

accept it when she has no baby with her. How does this guy know its breastmilk?

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Zoe pjarizona April 25 2014 at 10:58 PM

You do realize the number of bombings carried out with any liquid, of any type, anywhere in the world, is approximately zero, right?

Banning liquids more than 3oz is the stupidest rule any country has ever imposed. I guess it makes some of you feel safe, but it's a ruse.

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Hi Myrnaf April 25 2014 at 7:47 PM

HOORAY I AM GLAD SHE STOOD HER GROUNDS. I TOO GO THROUGH HELL WHEN I AM AT THE AIR PORT.

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bdheusted April 25 2014 at 8:04 PM

The TSA needs to read there own rules that they've made for themselves. Or,they should be made
in a way that they can understand them

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pjarizona bdheusted April 25 2014 at 8:13 PM

They were checking out the milk. How can one tell if its breastmilk? And on top of that she has no baby with her.

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birdresqr pjarizona April 25 2014 at 8:38 PM

Her profession requires her to travel. The same TSA workers went through this scenario weeks prior and they eventually let her go after about 45 minutes. When she came through again weeks later and the same TSA workers spotted her -- they had it in for her. They even called the local police that told her if she did not stop crying they were going to arrest her!!! The police told her the TSA had it in for her from the past incident. Instead of noting and learning from a difficult experience -- they harassed her even worse next time she entered their lair. She pumps her milk and saves it for her baby when she get back home. If you have ever breast fed a baby for any length of time -- you get this -- if you have no real experience with a breast feeding mother -- you may not understand. In that case -- go educate yourself so you don't have to wonder what this is all about.

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