84-year-old angry over strip search at NY airport

FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2001 file photo, a man is checked by security guards in New York prior to boarding a boat for Liberty Island. With July 4 approaching and Americans flocking to see their patriotic icons, those protecting the icons have to strike a delicate balance between security and access.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2001 file photo, a man is checked by security guards in New York prior to boarding a boat for Liberty Island. With July 4 approaching and Americans flocking to see their patriotic icons, those protecting the icons have to strike a delicate balance between security and access. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NEW YORK (AP) -- An 84-year-old New York grandmother says she was injured and humiliated during a strip search at a New York City airport.

Lenore Zimmerman says she was on her way to a flight to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She says she was searched after she asked to forgo body the scanners because she worried it would interfere with her defibrillator.

She says she is hunched over, weighs about 110 pounds and is going to be 85 in February. "Do I look like a terrorist?" she asked. She says the screener made her take off her pants.

She says she banged her shin and it bled during the ordeal at Kennedy Airport. The Transportation Security Administration says she was not strip searched. A TSA statement says a review of closed-circuit television footage shows proper procedures were followed.


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