84-year-old says she was frame searched during JFK


An 84-year-old New York lady pronounced Saturday she was harmed and flustered when she was frame searched during an airfield after she asked to be patted down instead of going by a physique scanner.

Lenore Zimmerman pronounced she was taken to a private room and done to take off her pants and other garments after she asked to abandon a screening given she disturbed it would meddle with her defibrillator.

“So we asked to be patted down or use a wand,” Zimmerman said. “So they patted me down and took me to a private room and frame searched me.”


She missed her moody and had to take one 2 1/2 hours later, she said.

“I’m hunched over. I’m in a wheelchair. we import underneath 110 pounds,” she pronounced from her winter home during a seniors village in Coconut Creek, Fla. “Do we demeanour like a terrorist?”

But a Transportation Security Administration pronounced in a matter Saturday no frame hunt was conducted.

“While we bewail that a newcomer feels she had an upsetting screening experience, TSA does not embody frame searches as partial of a confidence protocols and one was not conducted in this case,” a matter read.

Zimmerman’s son, Bruce, pronounced Sunday a TSA is being contradictory.

“They pronounced they had someone watching and following procedure. At a same time they’re observant that about something that never occurred. It’s a contradiction,” he said.

Zimmerman was forsaken off by her son during Kennedy Airport for a 1 p.m. moody Tuesday to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on JetBlue, she said. She arrived to a sheet opposite around 12:20 p.m. and headed for confidence in a wheelchair, her small, steel hiker in her lap.
She’s been roving to Florida for during slightest a decade and has never had a problem being patted down until now, she said.

“I didn’t know it’s not normal procedure,” she said. “But we told them I’ve been drifting for 10 years and I’ve never been strip-searched.”

Zimmerman pronounced she was disturbed about her defibrillator, so she didn’t wish to go by a modernized picture record screening machines now in place during a airport. As a result, she said, she was taken into a private screening room by one representative and done to strip.

“Private screening was requested by a passenger, it was postulated and lasted approximately 11 minutes,” a matter read. “TSA screening procedures are conducted in a demeanour designed to provide all passengers with dignity, honour and pleasantness and that occurred in this instance.”

The private screening was not recorded.

A examination of closed-circuit radio during a airfield showed that correct procedures during a rest of her screening were followed, Jonathan Allen, a TSA spokesman, pronounced in a statement.

Zimmerman, who spends half a year in Long Beach, N.Y., pronounced she banged her shin during a routine and it bled “like a pig,” partly given she is on blood-thinning medication. She pronounced an puncture medical technician patched her up, though she was told to see a alloy when she arrived in Florida to make certain a wound didn’t get infected. There are no annals indicating medical courtesy was called on her behalf.

“I don’t know what triggered this. we don’t know because they singled me out,” she said.

Her son pronounced he’d like to see someone dismissed and screeners re-trained after his mother’s ordeal.

“My mom is a small aged woman. She’s not disruptive or uncooperative,” he pronounced Saturday. “I don’t know how this happened.”

He pronounced she’s had an increasingly formidable time traveling, generally given her father died a few years ago. She has dual grandchildren, and her comparison son, a doctor, died in 2007.

Meanwhile, Lenore Zimmerman pronounced she was healing, designed to go to a grocery store on Saturday and take it easy. The continue was about 76 degrees and sunny, and she’s not headed behind to an airfield until Apr when she earnings to New York.

“Thank goodness,” she said. “It will give me some time to prop myself for a lapse flight.”