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85-Year-Old Woman Threatens Lawsuit Over TSA Search

December 05, 2011

An 85-year-old woman is threatening a lawsuit against the Transportation Security Agency, after being strip-searched at John F. Kennedy airport in New York last week.

Lenore Zimmerman claims she requested a pat-down search at the JetBlue airlines terminal on Tuesday because her defibrillator prevents her from going through the security screening device.

She says TSA agents took her to a private room and conducted a strip search, causing Zimmerman to miss her flight and wait nearly 2-1/2 hours for the next available one.

In a statement released last week, TSA denied the allegations, saying “TSA contacted the passenger to apologize that she feels she had an unpleasant screening experience; however, TSA does not include strip-searches in its protocols and a strip-search did not occur in this case.”

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