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The 85 year grandmother from Long Island was on her way from JFK to Ft Lauderdale when she claims TSA agents pulled her into a private room and began to remove her clothes.
Similar TSA abuse allegations include Miss America claiming she was sexually assaulted by the TSA and a lady claiming TSA touched her breasts. All of these instances occurred in 2011 and apparently the TSA is just getting started. They have included the ability to search subways, cars, trucks, boat ferrys and buses in thier 2012 funding request.
Since this 85 year old grandmother has a defibrillator she requested to avoid the advanced technology screening. She is used to the secondary screening and said she is comfortable with the normal “pat down”. This time she claims the TSA pulled her in the private room and removed her clothes to perform a search.
But the Transportation Security Administration said that no strip search was performed. “While we regret that the passenger feels she had an unpleasant screening experience, TSA does not include strip searches as part of our security protocols and one was not conducted in this case,” the statement read.
“Why would I make up this story?” Zimmerman added. “In my wildest dreams, I couldn’t think of such a thing happening.”
“They took me into a private screening room and pulled my pants down and then pulled down my underwear,” the 4-feet-11 Zimmerman said. “If that’s not strip-searching, I don’t know what else you’d call it.”
So who is right? Private screenings are not recorded. We may never know if the government went to far in this instance.
Do you think this is a false accusation or did the TSA go to far? I wonder what we have in store for us from the TSA in 2012.
You can read the full article here.