TSA Apologises For Strip-Searching TWO Grandmothers At JFK
January 19, 2012
“An apology is not acceptable. The people responsible should be sent to jail.” –KTRN
The TSA has finally apologized to two grandmothers who were strip-searched at JFK airport.
Wheelchair-bound Ruth Sherman, 89, was asked to pull down her trousers to show her colostomy bag as she prepared to fly out of the New York airport over the Thanksgiving holidays.
This incident came a week after Lenore Zimmerman, 85, says she was strip-searched after telling agents she didn’t want to go through a metal detector because she has a defibrillator.
In a letter obtained by the New York Daily News, the Department of Homeland Security acknowledged that it is not standard procedure to make fliers to show their colostomy bags – as they forced Ms Sherman to do.
Assistant Homeland Security Secretary Betsy Markey wrote: ‘It is not standard operating procedure for colostomy devices to be visually inspected and (the TSA) apologises for this employee’s action.’