It took three years, but finally a mom won an admission from the Transportation Security Administration that breast milk does NOT have to pass through an X-ray machine at an airport’s security screening post.
What I don’t understand is why any TSA agent, when reminded of TSA rules, can’t just admit a mistake. When a TSA agent at Phoenix’s airport insisted Stacey Armato had to put her bottled breast milk through an X-ray scanner, she reminded the agent that the TSA’s own rules allowed an exception. But the agent gave her a hard time and put her in a glass holding cage for 45 minutes that she said made her feel like a caged animal.
Armato said she eats organic, drinks a lot of water, and tries to stay in shape, so she really, really didn’t want her baby’s milk to be irradiated. It took a lawsuit and three years for the TSA to agree to pay her $75,000 and to re-train screeners to remind them of the exception. That money will go to lawyers’ fees and to a non-profit that supports breast-feeding moms.
But was this all really necessary?