Three elderly women may sue TSA after they say they were strip-searched at Kennedy Airport. All three women say that medical devices attached to their bodies set off TSA screeners, leading to strip-searches, which they thought was inappropriate and unnecessary. According to the New York Daily News, all three women felt violated. And apparently, this has been a problem for quite some time.
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“Linda Kallish, 69, had an insulin pump attached to her thigh, Lenore Zimmerman, , was wearing a back brace and Ruth Sherman, 91, had a colostomy bag, according to the women’s separate suits filed Tuesday in Brooklyn Federal Court,” reports the New York Daily News.
The three elderly women didn’t sue all of TSA as a whole, however. Instead, they sued the individual screeners who were not publicly identified. According to The Daily Caller, Lenore Zimmerman was traveling home to Florida around 1 p.m. on a Tuesday back in 2011 when she was taken into a private room. Her clothes were removed in order for TSA to do a thorough check.
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“I walk with a walker — I really look like a terrorist. I’m tiny. I weigh 110 pounds, 107 without clothes, and I was strip-searched,” she explained. Many feel as though there can never be too much security at an airport (yes, even when that security line is extremely long), but most people would agree that strip-searching an 85-year-old is a little drastic. How do you feel about the matter? Should TSA be more mindful of the elderly? Or is it better to be safe than sorry in an instance like this?
The elderly women who are suing TSA believe that they have probable cause. Do you agree?
With the busiest travel day of the year upon us, airports are going to be very hectic. Security is on high alert this weekend to ensure that travelers are safe. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, a man at Boston Logan International Airport was arrested after he got naked in the ladies room, climbed into the ceiling, fell down, and then allegedly sexually assaulted an elderly man. It definitely sounds like airport security has enough to worry about.
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