TSA makes ‘nominal’ payment to settle suit over exposing 24-year-old’s breasts

By David Edwards
Thursday, January 13, 2011 12:35 EDT
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A woman who had her breasts exposed during an airport search by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was to receive a “nominal” payment as a part of a settlement agreement, according to documents released this week.

The 24-year-old woman was selected for “extended search procedures” prior to boarding a plane to Amarillo, Texas in 2008.

A lawsuit claimed that the TSA agent pulled her blouse completely down while frisking her.

Raw Story decided against republishing the woman’s name and photograph due to the nature of her ordeal.

“As would be expected, plaintiff was extremely embarrassed and humiliated,” the lawsuit alleged.

“For an extended period of time” other agents made jokes about the incident. “One male TSA employee expressed to the plaintiff that he wished he would have been there when she came through the first time and that ‘he would just have to watch the video.’”

Documents filed in US District Court last week revealed that the case had been settled.

Jerry McLaughlin, the victim’s lawyer, described the payout as “nominal.”

When asked if she received more than $100,000, McLaughlin laughed and said it “way less than that. It wasn’t a whole lot of money.”

He added that his client would never have sued if the TSA had simply sent a letter apologizing.

She “was never interested in the money,” McLaughlin said.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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  • Anonymous

    Not that it matters in the least, but proof reading and a pass thru a spell checker might also add just a touch to his/her credibility…. nahhhh..nevermind, As you were!