84-year-old grandmother says she was strip searched at JFK

Source: USA Today

An 84-year-old New Yorkgrandmother said Saturday that she was injured and humiliated when she was strip searched at an airport after she asked to be patted down instead of going through a body scanner.

Lenore Zimmerman said she was taken to a private room and made to take off her pants and other clothes after she asked to forgo the screening because she worried it would interfere with her defibrillator. She missed her flight and had to take one two-and-a-half hours later, she said.

“I’m hunched over. I’m in a wheelchair. I weigh under 110 pounds (50 kilograms) and I’m going to be 85 in February. Do I look like a terrorist?” she said from her winter home at a seniors community in Coconut Creek, Fla. “This was the worst experience.”

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