TSA revenge screenings
November 25, 2010 10:12 PM Subscribe
TSA holds woman captive as revenge for her complaint against them.
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Stacey Armato regularly travels for work through Phoenix Sky Harbor airport. Earlier this year she was also pumping breastmilk for her baby during the day, then carrying it home for him. According to TSA regulations, breastmilk (classed as a medical liquid) can either be sent through the x-ray, or mothers can choose an alternate screening
, involving a test strip. Armato ran into trouble when the Sky Harbor TSA agents were unaware of the regulations and kept her for 30 minutes while they called around to find out their rules. Afterwards, she filed a complaint.
The following week, the same TSA agents were waiting for her to come back, and apparently planned to get revenge. They held her in the special screening area for over an hour, in order to make her miss her flight home. When she had the TSA manager read the TSA regulations, he said that they didn't apply to her today. She was told "to be quiet if I know what’s good for me", and that she had a choice between following their dog and pony show, or being arrested. Here's her description of the events portrayed in the video.
Stacey Armato is a lawyer, and she found out that you can request the TSA security videos. After repeated requests, they finally sent her the video footage, except for one section - the bit where the TSA supervisor wrote down her personal information and put it in his pocket, and took photos of her breastmilk in the containers he made her re-distribute it into.