TSA Outrage: Phoenix Airport TSA Breast Milk Harassment Video
Phoenix Aiports TSA Officials Insist Breast Milk Must Go Through X-Ray Despite TSA Own Breast Milk Exemption Rule: Mother, Stacy Armato, Misses Flight (video)
If this video taken at the Phoenix Airport security screening area is accurate than what this new mother went through is an an outrage. The video shows a mother with breast milk for her 7 month old baby asking it not be put through the TSA x-ray machine.
The Breast Milk harassment video is dated February 2010 so it is fairly old but also relevant considering the concerns surrounding TSA Pat-downs and body scanners.
A news site operated by NYU professor Mark Crispin Miller does identify the young mother, as Stacey Armato, who at the time was traveling from Phoenix to Los Angeles.
Stacey Armato says she has been through this "breast milk x-ray issue" before and was not granted the alternate screening offered under TSA rules after begging the TSA relented and let her through.
I called and complained to TSA and was instructed to travel with the TSA breast
milk rules printed out and present them whenever there is a problem..... I notice immediately that I was dealing with the same people from the week before. The woman tells me right away that my milk might have to go through xray, and then I tell her I printed the rules. I go to grab the rules on top of my bag and she freaks out and pushes my arm away. Another guy comes over and calls for “back up” and they put in me back in the glass cage. Standing 50 ft away are the same manager and supervisor I had dealt with the previous week. They will stall for 20 minutes before coming over to me.
Meanwhile, one of the guys comes over to me and tells me “to be quiet if I know what’s good for me.” At the end of this portion I have been locked up for just under 10 minutes. The whole ordeal takes just under 1 hour.
The TSA's own rules say breast milk is classified as a medical liquid and is therefore exempt. The excerpt below is taken directly from the TSA website where it has posted its policy on medical liquids like breast milk
Now, a mother flying without her child will be able to bring breast milk through the checkpoint, provided it is declared prior to screening.
TSA is also modifying the rules associated with carrying breast milk through security checkpoints. Mothers flying with, and now without, their child will be permitted to bring breast milk in quantities greater than three ounces as long as it is declared for inspection at the security checkpoint.
Breast milk is in the same category as liquid medications.
When carrying formula, breast milk, or juice through the checkpoint, they will be inspected, however, you or your infant or toddler will not be asked to test or taste breast milk, formula, or juice. Our Security Officers may test liquid exemptions (exempt items more than 3 ounces) for explosives.
As for Stacey Armato she posts that she is expecting again and will soon be traveling with breast milk let us hope she does not have to go through this ordeal ever again.
The question now is do the TSA officials at the Phoenix airport know their own rules?
Clarification Breast Milk Harassment Video
It appears Stacey Armato posted the video herself in May 2010. However, it was a bunch of separate video files so the severity of her ordeal was not instantly apparent. Stacey Armato mentions on the site operated by Mark Crispin Miller that her brother-in-law compiled the videos into a single file which vividly portrays her ordeal.