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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A mom claims she was harassed at Sky Harbor over breast milk.

She says she was mistreated just for asking that her baby's milk not be x-rayed.

She sued and now after several years of battling with TSA some big changes coming to the way moms trying to board with breast milk are treated.

Stacey Armato sued after the 2010 incident and tonight says she has reached a settlement with TSA.

She claims that agents at Sky Harbor were rude and unwilling to help her not once but twice.

TSA rules claim breast milk to be treated just like liquid medication, that means you're allowed to bring more than three ounces through the security checkpoint. You're also allowed to have it alternately screened meaning it does not need to be put through the x-ray machine if you do not want it to.

But that's not what happened to Stacey
 
Surveillance video captured the second time she went through TSA a week after having issues with getting her breast milk through the first time.

After filing a complaint with TSA over the previous incident, she was told to print out the rules and show them to TSA.

In the video, you can see Armato try to reach into her bag to get the rules but her hand is pulled away by the screeners.

Armato says she is then left in a holding box at the airport for upwards of an hour while TSA agents try to figure out what to do.

She says after this ordeal she felt there was nothing left to do, but sue.

"Really the solution is for long-term change, not for just me, but for a lot of breast feeding mothers that are either intimidated to ask for an alternate screening or don't even know they have the opportunity to ask for an alternate screening. It was important for me to file this lawsuit to make sure change happens for all of us," she said.

Armato says she received a settlement of about $75,000 and a promise from TSA to retrain agents on dealing with breast milk at security checkpoints.

She says it was never about the money but to raise awareness for other mothers.

In the end, Amato says the majority of that money will be used to cover court costs.
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