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85-year-old woman may sue TSA after being strip searched at JFK (TSA recorded CCTV during search)
NY Daily News ^ | 12/32011 | Lenore Zimmermman

Posted on 12/02/2011 10:34:03 PM PST by GreaterSwiss

says she plans to sue the TSA after a humiliating strip search on Tuesday by agents at JFK Airport.

Lenore Zimmerman, who lives in Long Beach, says she was on her way to a 1 p.m. flight to Fort Lauderdale when security whisked her to a private room and took off her clothes.

“I walk with a walker — I really look like a terrorist,” she said sarcastically. “I’m tiny. I weigh 110 pounds, 107 without clothes, and I was strip-searched.”

TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said a review of closed circuit TV footage from the airport shows “proper procedures were followed.”

But Zimmerman, whose hunched back puts her at 4-foot-11, said her ordeal began after her son, Bruce, drove her to the JetBlue terminal for the Florida flight. She lives in warm Coconut Creek during the winter.

She checked her bags, waited for a wheelchair and parted ways with her doting son — her only immediate relative.

When Zimmerman reached a security checkpoint, she asked if she could forgo the advanced image technology screening equipment, fearing it might interfere with her defibrillator.

She said she normally gets patted down. But this time, she says that two female agents escorted her to a private room and began to remove her clothes.

“I was outraged,” said Zimmerman, a retired receptionist.

As she tried to lift a lightweight walker off her lap, she says, the metal bars banged against her leg and blood trickled from a gash.

“My sock was soaked with blood,” she said. “I was bleeding like a pig.”

She says the TSA agents showed no sympathy, instead pulling down her pants and asking her to raise her arms.

“Why are you doing this?” she said she asked the agents, who did not respond.

The TSA claims the footage does not show any sign of the injury.

“Our screening procedures are conducted in a manner designed to treat all passengers with dignity, respect and courtesy,” Farbstein said.

Zimmerman says a medic arrived to treat her injury. The process took so long that she missed her 1 p.m. flight and had to catch a later one.

Her son said he was shocked when his mom called around 9 p.m. that night and described what happened.

“She was put through a hell of a day,” he said.

Zimmerman, who takes blood thinners, later had a tetanus shot for fear of infection from the walker wound.

Bruce Zimmerman, 53, said he can’t understand why the agents targeted his mom.

“She looks like a sweet, little old lady,” he said. “She’s not a disruptive person or uncooperative.”

nhirshon@nydailyn

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/lenore-zimmerman-85-hurt-strip-search-tsa-agents-jfk-airport-article-1.986198#ixzz1fRyYOOwe


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1 posted on 12/02/2011 10:34:12 PM PST by GreaterSwiss
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To: GreaterSwiss

Flying is just not worth it anymore.


2 posted on 12/02/2011 10:38:34 PM PST by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: A_perfect_lady

I think that is the idea.


3 posted on 12/02/2011 10:40:02 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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To: GreaterSwiss

She was targeted precisely because she WAS NOT A THREAT!!! This is the new reality we are living in. I pray she can sue the crap out of every single government lackey involved in her humiliation.


4 posted on 12/02/2011 10:41:36 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: GreaterSwiss

It’s not even funny any more, but what do you expect when you pay low wages and apply a lot of affirmative action?

Some citizens would expect these trainers to be adequately trained and paid people with the proper temperament. What they get is the unemployment office’s dregs, because that’s all they’re willing to pay for.


5 posted on 12/02/2011 10:42:46 PM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: GreaterSwiss

This, of course, sounds outrageous until AQ recruits a blue-eyed blond suicide bomber and the hollow walker frame is packed with explosives.


6 posted on 12/02/2011 10:44:20 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: SatinDoll

“Flying is just not worth it anymore.”
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Fortunately, I have not had a US flight since Jan 2005, and that was just to get out of the country, Memphis to Amsterdam.
On my several Europe/Asia trips, I have had no problem at all.
I see no difference then the US, 12 years ago.


7 posted on 12/02/2011 10:44:52 PM PST by AlexW
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To: GreaterSwiss

I went thru a recent physical pat-down on a ferry boat in New York City, when I told the officer I had a defibrillator/pacemaker. He was professional and gently thorough.

Glad to see that they understand the problems people with defibs can face and make proper accomodations to handle the search.

Also glad to see that they had good security on the ferry boats. They don’t want a “Taking of Pelham One-Two-Three” to happen.

TSA should visit New York harbor police and see how to do things right.


8 posted on 12/02/2011 10:45:36 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: SatinDoll

Is TSA hoping to bankrupt the airlines? Why?


9 posted on 12/02/2011 10:49:38 PM PST by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: A_perfect_lady

this is why I’m glad I don’t have to drive....although I would love to visit Ireland....I guess its not in the cards for me unless this country turns around...


10 posted on 12/02/2011 10:50:34 PM PST by cherry
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To: GreaterSwiss

“proper procedures were followed.”

Proper in who’s eyes? Obama’s

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11 posted on 12/02/2011 10:52:02 PM PST by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: GreaterSwiss
"she was on her way to a 1 p.m. flight"

Nothing good happens after noontime.


12 posted on 12/02/2011 10:55:23 PM PST by I see my hands (The old sod ne'er shall be forgot.)
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To: cherry

I went to Ireland in 1990. Beautiful country. The people are kinda weird, though. Cliquish and abrasive, actually kind of jerks. Like the French.


13 posted on 12/02/2011 10:56:35 PM PST by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: PLMerite

You might not want to ever leave your house again. The TSA can always come up with an excuse to search you, using the more and more extreme excuses.


14 posted on 12/02/2011 10:58:20 PM PST by rawhide
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To: GreaterSwiss

Sorry, granny. You are an American, thus a terrorist. Are borders are wide open—but you’re the enemy. Submit and like it.


15 posted on 12/02/2011 10:58:41 PM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: A_perfect_lady

No. They’re trying to aggravate, intimidate, and accustom Americans to a society stripped of rights.

The Israelis have done a marvelous job of keeping terrorists off their airlines. During the past 50 years, 98% of all terror activity around the globe have been committed by Muslim men between the ages of 15 and 50. The Israelis know this and follow protacols that keep their flying public safe without victimizing everyone else.

Unfortunately, our TSA is compelled to be politically correct, and strip-search 85-year old women in wheel chairs and even going so far as to search toddlers’ diapers.

I predict that when BHO2 is finally out of the White House, TSA will change its draconian behavior.


16 posted on 12/02/2011 10:58:48 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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To: cherry

“this is why I’m glad I don’t have to drive....although I would love to visit Ireland....I guess its not in the cards for me unless this country turns around...”

You mean fly...

You would love Ireland. I always say the folks in Dublin are more American that the folks in NYC. Beautiful country, I’ve been there three times and am dying to go again,


17 posted on 12/02/2011 10:59:03 PM PST by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: WKUHilltopper

crap—our!


18 posted on 12/02/2011 10:59:16 PM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: antceecee
She was was prey. They fulfilled their mandate on her helpless a$$.
19 posted on 12/02/2011 11:00:06 PM PST by allmost (?)
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To: A_perfect_lady
The people are kinda weird, though. Cliquish and abrasive, actually kind of jerks. Like the French.

Only towards outsiders :-).

Regards,

20 posted on 12/02/2011 11:00:22 PM PST by alexander_busek
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To: babygene

“proper procedures were followed.
Oh, yeah? That’s what they always say, no matter how egregious the abuse.


21 posted on 12/02/2011 11:06:14 PM PST by ArmyTeach (Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain ... USS Iowa BB 61)
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To: GreaterSwiss
Lenore Zimmerman, who lives in Long Beach, ...

“I’m tiny. I weigh 110 pounds, 107 without clothes, and I was strip-searched.”

BS, lady; you're MacGyver's maternal grandmother, and taught him everything her knows.

You were planning on turning that walker into an arsenal, taking over the plane, and flying to Atlantic City.

Once there, the rest of the walker, plus your bra straps, would be used to clean out a couple of casinos.

We're on to you and your ilk!

22 posted on 12/02/2011 11:07:41 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946...and thankful for it!)
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To: PLMerite

A background check would have quickly eliminated her from suspician.

The rest of the world TALKS to the passengers, searches their things, swabs for explosives, has sniffer dogs, calls their relatives and only strip searches someone they suspect or who has a story that doesn’t ring true.

Our guys are ACTING like they are thorough, when in fact, they are dangerously lax.


23 posted on 12/02/2011 11:12:19 PM PST by tuckrdout ( A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. Prov.29:11)
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To: GreaterSwiss

An 85 year old Jewish woman....Hmmmmm.......Nope, can’t say I recall the last time an 85 year old Jewish woman said Oy veh and tried to hijack a plane or try to blow one up. Maybe they should check out those Amish.


24 posted on 12/02/2011 11:16:24 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Nancy Pelosi - The #1 reason why we need a Constitutional amendment for Congressional drug testing.)
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To: GreaterSwiss

“proper procedures were followed.”

Just like they were by the Nazi gas chamber staffers.


25 posted on 12/02/2011 11:17:50 PM PST by pops88 (Geek chick over 40)
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To: A_perfect_lady

“Flying is just not worth it anymore.”

That is the absolute truth! People should boycott the airlines until the TSA is gone or they go out of business! I used to fly 300,000 miles a year. Now that I am retired, I drive or I don’t go and not because I don’t like flying ( I am a licensed pilot). Screw the airlines, they haven’t a clue about how to treat their customers apart from the outrage that they have allowed into their business in the TSA. American Airlines has filed for bankruptcy, and I say good!


26 posted on 12/02/2011 11:19:19 PM PST by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: PLMerite

There has to be probable cause to search this woman. There is none, unless she was from a muslim country or wearing a burka or acting weird. These searches not based on nationality, religion, erratic behavior, or ethnicity are illogical and unconstitutional.

Reason and logic is supposed to be the bedrock of our legal system. There is no reason or logic to this kind of search and it violates our fundamental right to travel. It is inhumane.


27 posted on 12/02/2011 11:24:46 PM PST by savagesusie
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To: PLMerite

BS... the walker can be screened and the passenger can be checked pretty quickly. I can get a good idea of someone through a simple internet search. Can get more info if I want to pay... under a hundred bucks. TSA is full of crap.


28 posted on 12/02/2011 11:26:42 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

Yeah.. that’s the ticket... LOL!


29 posted on 12/02/2011 11:28:23 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: allmost

You’re right. They have to fill their quota and she was an easy target.


30 posted on 12/02/2011 11:30:29 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: PLMerite

A dog can find weapons and explosives. BEFORE THE PERSON IS EVEN IN THE TERMINAL. WHY NOT? Ask incompetano.


31 posted on 12/02/2011 11:32:09 PM PST by mirkwood (my cat loves my dog..is that wrong?)
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To: WKUHilltopper

That’s right. Any border agent who actually tries to stop illegals from getting in, is jailed and granny has to be stripped.

Makes no sense. The open border is a big problem, not granny.


32 posted on 12/02/2011 11:32:09 PM PST by tuckrdout ( A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. Prov.29:11)
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To: A_perfect_lady

Try Vienna where they constantly try to steal your money, from the barmaids, taxis, hotel clerks, even newspaper stands. They don’t believe in giving change, and when you ask for it, they simply walk away and play deaf. .yet most will buy a ticket for the subways and buses which is on an honor system. Oh yes and if you jaywalk and don’t use the crosswalk in the street, people scream and yell at you like you just robbed them. One man tried to hit me with his umbrella. They are fanatical about order.


33 posted on 12/02/2011 11:33:46 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Nancy Pelosi - The #1 reason why we need a Constitutional amendment for Congressional drug testing.)
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To: antceecee

She had it coming... All those years? she must have deserved it. ;) / union thug


34 posted on 12/02/2011 11:36:47 PM PST by allmost (?)
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To: A_perfect_lady

I have to agree.

I know there are a lot of security measures that need to be taken. I understand.

But between dealing with getting to the airport so early, dealing with rude airline personel, crowded seating and insane prices...I just don’t want to deal with it.

Once upon a time, flying was a special and pleasant experience. What may well happen, in the end, is that only the wealthy will be able to fly (like it once was). They will opt for private aircraft.

If I can’t drive to the destination..I don’t go. Goodbye Bali...I never got to knew ya.


35 posted on 12/02/2011 11:47:01 PM PST by berdie
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To: GreaterSwiss

“Our screening procedures are conducted in a manner designed to treat all passengers with dignity, respect and courtesy,” Farbstein said.

This is commonly refferred to as being a lying sack of shit.....


36 posted on 12/02/2011 11:50:08 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: GreaterSwiss

Théâtre de Sécurité Absurde


37 posted on 12/02/2011 11:50:54 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (New gets old. Steampunk is always cool)
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To: A_perfect_lady

While the agents strip searched an 80 year old female with a walker 2 muslim terrorists were had their asses kissed and handed flowers and a fresh drink and waved on through


38 posted on 12/02/2011 11:52:58 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: vette6387

It’s not the airlines it’s the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT!!! TSA is the GOVERNMENT... airlines have not say over this.


39 posted on 12/02/2011 11:53:41 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: Oztrich Boy

Exactly!!!!


40 posted on 12/02/2011 11:56:54 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

Such irony.


41 posted on 12/02/2011 11:57:48 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: GreaterSwiss

I expect terrorist to be more sophisticated than to hide explosives in the bosom of an old lady. I don’t know much about the explosive energy of the latest explosives. I just wonder if something the size of breast implants would generate the explosive energy to take out a jumbo jet. This would take to idea of hiding explosives in a woman’s bosom to a new level. IMHO.


42 posted on 12/03/2011 12:01:16 AM PST by jonrick46 (2012 can't come soon enough.)
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To: tuckrdout

“A background check would have quickly eliminated her from suspician.”

Really? What kind of background check would reveal a recent conversion to Islam ?

“The rest of the world TALKS to the passengers...calls their relatives....”

And which countries would that be ?


43 posted on 12/03/2011 12:03:04 AM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: GreaterSwiss

I volunteer at the local airport two days a month. Some time ago, I watched the TSA let 4 towelheads (2 males, 2 females, all in their early 30s) pass through without a second glance. They were too busy getting an octogenarian out of his wheelchair.

Boy, are we gonna get it ...


44 posted on 12/03/2011 12:23:30 AM PST by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: GreaterSwiss

Nazi Germany. Under the Obama administration. Also, wanna guess the race of the victim vs. the 2 perps? ‘Ve vere chust followink zee orders’


45 posted on 12/03/2011 12:29:52 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Cain: 1st Victim of 2012 Obama Camp's Smear Machine's PROOF OF CONCEPT Effort. Did You Assist Them?)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
Yeah. I've been to Dublin, Limerick, Lisbon, Cascais, Aarhus, Copenhagen, Naples, Aosta, Barcelona, Rota, Paris, Chamonix, and Lausanne. My curiosity about Europe (and Europeans) is satisfied.

And I grew up in Michigan, so my curiosity about Canadians is satisfied too. ;^)

46 posted on 12/03/2011 12:36:40 AM PST by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: GreaterSwiss

what? No cavity search for the old lady? The TSA is really getting lax in carrying out their duties to protect all of us


47 posted on 12/03/2011 1:40:06 AM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: PLMerite

Wow.. sure the Jewish 80 year old lady with a walker suddenly decided to convert to ALLAH and blow up a plane.. what are you smoking?


48 posted on 12/03/2011 1:43:28 AM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: PLMerite

Right. Or maybe a precocious toddler, trained to shout “Alahu Akhbar! right before he pushes a button on his explosive-packed stroller.


49 posted on 12/03/2011 1:51:26 AM PST by giotto
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To: antceecee

Exactly.

They go out of their way to “prove’ their objectivity by ignoring real targets and pinpointing innocent fliers.


50 posted on 12/03/2011 2:09:56 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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