Breast-feeding mom says TSA to pay $75K to settle lawsuit

Published 04/24 2014 02:09PM

Updated 04/24 2014 02:11PM

LOS ANGELES, California (ABC News) - A California mom took on the TSA over screening her breast milk and she won. Stacy Armada sued the Transportation Security Administration, for refusing to x-ray or dump her breast milk.

It’s a ruling that could have big implications for all moms.
“The manager told me, your milk needs to either go in the trash or go through the x-ray. And as a breast-feeding mom, neither was an option for me,” said Armada.

She pleaded for an alternate way to screen it.Worried that three milk bottles might be damaged by the x-rays.

“We work really hard to drink lots of water and exercise and make sure we have nutritious food and milk for our children.”
She showed the print-out of rules to a screener.

“He read them and it says breast milk is a medical liquid. It is to be alternately screened.”

Her lawyer filed a federal lawsuit against the TSA. Medical experts say it's highly unlikely that the x-rays would damage breast milk.

TSA plans to settle her suit for $75,000.

We reached out to the TSA, which referred to us to this on its website. “When carrying breast milk through security checkpoints, it is treated in the same manner as liquid medication. Parents flying with and without their child are allowed to bring breast milk greater than three ounces.”

"They promised they would retrain everybody. And I think that breast-feeding moms can feel good about that," said Armada.

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