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2 elderly women complain about pants search at New York airport

Now add another indignity to getting old having to drop your pants and show these things to a complete buy canada goose jacket stranger.

The screenings took place in a private room at Kennedy Airport.

Two women in their 80s put the canada goose outlet new york city Transportation Security goose outlet canada Administration on the defensive this week by going public about their embarrassment during screenings in a private room at Kennedy Airport. One claimed she was canada goose outlet black friday forced to lower her pants and underwear in front of an agent so that her back brace could be inspected. Another said agents made her pull down her waistband to show her colostomy bag.

While not confirming some of the details, the TSA said a canada goose outlet shop preliminary review shows officers followed the agency’s procedures in both cases. population ages and receives prosthetics and other medical devices, some of which cannot go through screening machines. Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. “As we get older and we canada goose outlet keep ourselves together, it’s going to take more and more surgery. There’s going to be cheap canada goose uk more and more medical improvements, but that can create what appears to be a security issue.”

Prosthetic devices can set off metal detectors, and certain devices such as catheters and bags are visible on body scanners, making those canada goose outlet toronto factory passengers candidates for more thorough inspections. Metal detectors and wands can disrupt some devices such as implanted defibrillators, canada goose black friday sale so those passengers must ask for pat downs instead.

Ruth Sherman, 88, of Florida, said she was mortified canada goose uk shop when inspectors pulled her aside and Canada Goose sale official canada goose outlet asked about the bulge in her pants as she arrived for a flight to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Nov. 28.

“I said, ‘I have a bag here,'” she said on Monday, pointing to the bulge, which is bigger or smaller depending on what she eats. “They didn’t understand.”

She said they escorted her to another room where two female agents “made me lower my sweatpants, and I was really very humiliated.” She said she stood with her arms and legs outstretched, warning the agents not to touch her colostomy bag. Touching the bag can cause pain, she said.

“It’s degrading. It’s like someone raped canada goose jacket outlet you,” Sherman said. “They didn’t know how to handle a human being.”

The next day, agents took 85 year old Lenore Zimmerman, of Long Beach, New York, into a private room to remove her back brace for screening after she decided against going through a scanning machine because of her heart defibrillator. Zimmerman said she had to raise her blouse and lower her pants and underwear for a female TSA agent.

Bruce Zimmerman, her son, said the agents “should’ve patted her down.”

“To have her pants and underpants pulled down is just beyond humiliating,” he said Monday. “This is canada goose outlet uk my mother we are talking about.”

The TSA said Monday that it is still investigating the cases.

“Our officers are committed to treating every passenger with dignity and respect,” the agency said in Canada Goose Jackets a statement.

The agency insists Canada Goose online that security concerns come first, even if it means getting into passengers’ drawers. In 2009, a Nigerian man tried to blow up a flight to Detroit on Christmas Day with explosives in his underpants.

“Terrorists and their targets may also range in age,” the agency argued in a blog post after Zimmerman went public. It cited the November arrest of four Georgia men, ages 65 to 73, on charges of plotting cheap canada goose an attack with the poison ricin. Prosecutors said the men were part of a fringe militia group.

Last June, the daughter of a 95 year old woman said TSA agents wouldn’t let her mother board a flight from Fort Walton Beach, Florida, to Detroit canada goose store because her canada goose outlet reviews wet adult diaper set off alarms.

A TSA screener said Lena Reppert had a suspicious spot on her adult diaper, according canada goose outlet parka to her daughter, Jean Weber. Weber ultimately took off the wet diaper so Reppert could be cleared in time for their flight.

The TSA said its inspectors handled the situation correctly and didn’t ask Reppert to remove her diaper.

Such cases raise serious privacy questions, said Chris Calabrese, a legislative expert with the American Civil Liberties Union.

“It’s a pretty fundamental invasion of privacy when you have to take your clothes off,” Calabrese said.

Even lawmakers have complained about their treatment. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D Mo., who has an artificial knee, told fellow members of a congressional committee that she dreads running into a certain TSA agent when it comes time for a pat down at the St. Louis airport.

“I see her coming. I like, you know, just tense up, because I know it’s going to be ugly in terms of the way she conducts her pat downs,” McCaskill said.

The TSA says it has been trying to tailor its screening procedures for different types of passengers. In September it eliminated pat downs for most children under 12 because of complaints from parents. In October it began testing an express screening program for frequent fliers at four airports.

The agency has formed an advisory committee of 70 disability groups to help adapt its screening techniques uk canada goose outlet.

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