– TSA pays out just $2k to Texas woman whose breasts were exposed during patdown (Daily Mail, June 02, 2011):
An airline passenger who sued the TSA after her breasts were exposed during a patdown has received a settlement of just $2,350.
Lynsie Murley, 24, sued the TSA for negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress after she was humiliated at Texas’s Corpus Christi airport in May of 2008.
Miss Murley, of Amarillo in Texas, claimed an agent pulled her blouse completely down, exposing her breasts to everyone in the area, after she was ‘singled out for extended search procedures’.
The agents ‘joked and laughed’ for an ‘extended period of time’, she said.
Miss Murley was so humiliated that she left the security line so that a friend who had brought her to the airport could console her.
When she re-entered the line, a male TSA worker told her he wished he had been there when she first passed through.
Then, she claimed, he said he would ‘just have to watch the video’.
The incident left Miss Murley ‘extremely embarrassed and humiliated’, according to her complaint.
The settlement was revealed after a Freedom of Information request by website The Smoking Gun.
It does not constitute an admission that the government employees did anything wrong, the eight-page agreement states.
It also stipulates that legal fees for Miss Murley’s lawyers are not to exceed 25 per cent of the settlement, or $587.50.
The settlement was reached in January.