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TSA Exposes Woman's Breasts, Settles Suit

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By Minara El-Rahman on January 19, 2011 8:47 AM

Lesson learned: If the TSA exposes a woman's breasts, then it may have to face legal consequences. Lynsie Murley, a 24-year old from Amarillo, Texas, filed a lawsuit against the TSA for negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress because of a patdown that caused her breasts to be exposed, MSNBC.com reports. Lynsie Murley claims that she was "singled out for extended search procedures," according to the Daily Mail.

She claims that a TSA agent patted her down and "pulled Plaintiff's blouse completely down, exposing Plaintiff's breasts to everyone in the area." If that wasn't horrifying enough, Lynsie Murley alleges that the TSA agents present "joked and laughed about the incident for an extended period of time."

She left the line to be consoled after the incident, when she returned, she was told by a male TSA worker that he wished he was there when she was there the first time. He told her "he would just have to watch the video," the Daily Mail reports.

Her lawsuit was settled, so a TSA spokesman said that there will be no disciplinary action taken, KFDA Amarillo reports. Lynsie Murley's attorney Jerry McLaughlin refused to disclose the settlement amount, but he said that his client was never interested in the money. She claims that she "would not have filed a lawsuit if TSA officials had simply sent her a letter of apology," according to the Daily Mail.

Shortly after her deposition to government lawyers, she was awarded her settlement.

Typically, in a negligence lawsuit, these elements need to be present:

  • Duty: Did the defendant owe a duty to the plaintiff?
  • Breach of Duty: Did the defendant breach the duty that the defendant owed to the plaintiff?
  • Cause In Fact: Can the plaintiff prove that defendant's actions caused plaintiff injury?
  • Proximate Cause: Could the defendant have foreseen such an injury could occur?

While Lynsie Murley settled her lawsuit against the TSA, there may be more lawsuits like this in the future when travel season peaks again.

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