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Second Woman Claims TSA Forced Strip Search At JFK

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A second elderly woman has come forward, saying she was also strip searched by screeners at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Ruth Sherman, 88, says Transportation Security Administration agents forced her to pull her pants down so they could check out her colostomy bag before a flight on November 28.

The great-grandmother also says scanners searched under her shirt.

"They asked me, I had a sweatsuit on, just sweatpants, and I moved them down and they looked at my bag and the other woman was watching it. And I said, 'Don't touch it, you have dirty hands, don't come near me,'" Sherman said.

Sherman's son said the family decided to make the incident public after hearing about 85-year-old Lenore Zimmerman, who claims she was strip searched on Saturday and missed her flight.

Zimmerman, who has a defibrillator, was told to disrobe after asking for a pat-down instead of going through the body scanner.

TSA officials have refuted Zimmerman's story and said they are investigating Sherman's allegations.

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