Breast-feeding mom settles with TSA over PHX incident

A Hermosa Beach mother says she has won a legal settlement against the TSA. Photo: Associated Press.

A Hermosa Beach mother says she has won a legal settlement against the TSA. Photo: Associated Press.

A Hermosa Beach woman who sued the Transportation Security Administration after she claimed officers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport harassed her four years ago over her son’s breast milk has won a tentative legal settlement against the agency, she told me on Tuesday.

All the details are in the story on our main website. But Stacey Armato, the plaintiff, told me she’s receiving $75,000 from the government. Under the terms of the proposed settlement, she said, the TSA will also retrain employees about breast milk policy.

In the February 2010 incident, Armato declined to allow her son’s breast milk to go through the X-ray machine. While this was permitted under TSA rules, Armato claimed in court papers that she was then harassed and embarrassed by the TSA screeners. They even called the police to investigate, Armato said.

“Moms can now travel more confidently with their breast milk,” Armato said in an interview on Tuesday. “It’s a big day for breast-feeding moms.”

A TSA spokesman said the agency had no comment.

Armato and her son. Photo courtesy of Stacy Armato.

Armato and her son. Photo courtesy of Stacy Armato.

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