- uploaded: Dec 6, 2011
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For the second time in less than a week, the TSA has been accused of forcing an elderly woman to bear all during an airport security check. Florida grandmother Ruth Sherman, 88, said she arrived at John F. Kennedy airport to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family in New York. But when screeners saw the bulge of her colostomy bag, they decided to take a closer look, much to Ms Sherman's dismay. 'This is private for me. It's bad enough that I have it. I had to pull from my sweatpants and I had to pull my underwear, my underwear down.' Ms Sherman, 88, told New York's CBS 2 that she felt like she was 'invaded' by the TSA agents. She said she complained to JetBlue after the incident but was prompted to come forward after she saw the story of 85-year-old Lenore Zimmerman on television. Days after saying the 'proper procedures were followed', representatives from the TSA said Zimmerman is lying and a strip search 'was not conducted in this case'. But the Long Island grandmother is sticking to her story and is still outraged. 'They're lying to protect their a** because they're afraid of being sued - and they will be sued,' Ms Zimmerman said. 'They took me into a private screening room and pulled my pants down and then pulled down my underwear. If that's not strip-searching, I don't know what else you'd call it,' she told The New York Daily News. The extensive search was prompted by Ms Zimmerman's request to avoid the metal detector because she did not want her defibrillator ...