Spinal compression fractures have reduced her frame to 4-foot-11, but one can never be too sure. Once stripped and searched, the TSA agents allowed Ms. Zimmerman to proceed to her flight. Unfortunately the walker Ms. Zimmerman uses was banged against her right leg, and the resultant gash required airport paramedics to control the bleeding.
Wound dressed and her tetanus updated, she was all right to proceed with her travel plans. Of course, by than she had missed her flight.
TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said a review of closed circuit TV footage from the airport shows “proper procedures were followed.”I can't tell you how very reassuring it is to know that proper TSA procedures were followed.
As Ms. Zimmerman has an implanted internal defibrilator, she had asked to forego the body scanner at JFK Airport in favor of a light pat down. Instead she was led off to a surprise strip search by two TSA employees. Alarmed at the "thoroughness" of the TSA investigation, Ms Zimmerman asked the TSA agents
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“Why are you doing this?”, but the agents did not respond.I believe that was proper TSA procedure as well.
“Our screening procedures are conducted in a manner designed to treat all passengers with dignity, respect and courtesy.” Farbstein added.What could be more dignified than a two agent strip search?
Zimmerman's son was surprised to learn of the strip search.
“She looks like a sweet, little old lady. She’s not a disruptive person or uncooperative.”All the more reason to get underneath the very deep game she obviously was playing. Just look at those eyes.