Wednesday, December 7, 2011

2 More Elderly Women Come Forward About Their Experiences with the TSA

Two elderly women came forward about their experiences with the TSA screeners at the JKF International Airport.

Ruth Sherman, 88, of Sunrise, Florida on November 28th, was asked about a bulge in her pants. Agents took Sherman to a private room and, according to her, made her lower her sweatpants. The bulge was Sherman's colostomy bag. She was forced to stand with her arms and legs outstretched while agents examined her colostomy bag.

In another incident, another woman was to lower her pants and underwear so that agents could examine her back brace.

The TSA released a statement Tuesday morning, saying, "TSA screens nearly 1.8 million passengers each day to ensure the safety of the traveling public. We do not conduct "strip searches" as part of passenger screening. Our officers are committed to treating every passenger with dignity and respect and we take complaints seriously. TSA is currently reviewing recent allegations of passengers who flew out of JFK. Our preliminary review of each of these claims indicates all screening procedures were followed."

In June, a 95-year-old woman, Lena Reppert, could not board her flight due to a wet adult diaper. Reppert's daughter had to change her mother's diaper so that she could board her flight.

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