TSA Apologizes for Alleged Strip Search

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Lenore Zimmerman, 85, of Long Beach, was in JFK's security line before her annual flight to Miami for the winter. Zimmerman, because of her defibrillator, avoids the full-body scanner, opting instead for the pat-down. But TSA personnel pulled her aside and, Zimmerman claims, performed a thorough strip search (though she says she was allowed to keep her top on).

The TSA apologized, but disputed the claim. A spokesman for the TSA said, “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.”

She's considering a lawsuit.