Breast-Feeding Mom Says TSA to Pay $75K to Settle Lawsuit

Stacey Armato sued, claiming she was detained for more than 40 minutes by the TSA.
3:30 | 04/24/14

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Moving on to a California mom, who 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. A ruling that could have big implications for all moms. ABC's Abbie Boudreau has the story. Reporter: This Phoenix surveillance area, showing Stacy with bags of breast milk, to a tsa screener. 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. Reporter: She pleaded for an alternate way to screen it. Worried that three milk bod 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. Reporter: She showed the print-out of rules to a screener. She read that. And says breast milk is a medical liquid. It is to be alternately screened. Reporter: Her lawyer filed a federal lawsuit against the tsa. In the glass enclosure before they allowed her to have her breast milk alternately screened. Reporter: Did you feel humiliated? You feel totally humiliated. Reporter: We spoke with medical experts that say it's highly unlikely that the x-rays would damage breast milk. Saying that the 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, is allowed to bring breast milk greater than three ounces. We were promised they were retrain everybody. And I think that breast-feeding moms can feel good about that. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Abbie Boudreau, ABC news, Los Angeles. We want to hear from ABC news senior medical contributor, Dr. Jennifer Ashton. What do you think of the ruling? I think roar, momma, roar. I think the tsa regulations are crystal-clear. It should be treated like a medical liquid. But it is so easy to understand the upset of any woman, where someone stands between her and feeding her infant. That's such a primal drive. And this got in the way. If you get in the way, the claws are going to come out. Even though the radiation, probably not harmful? All evidence shows that putting breast milk through the x-ray conveyor belt or going through the back scanner is not going to do damage. If there's breast milk in our breasts and we go through the scanner, it's not damaged. And you get low levels of radiation when you fly. You can put makeup or other food through the screeners, as well. What can moms do? What should they do? I think the key is prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Bring a copy of the tsa rules and regulations with you when you travel. And try to have a backup plan. Stored milk. A pump. If you use it, formula, so you don't get into a situation where you can't feed your baby. I know you're a big proponent of breast-feeding. Did you experience any of this? It was hard. And I did. I was going on residency interviews and having to pump in a bathroom in a hospital. We need to do a little better. Dr. Ashton, thank you very

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