Another day, another older woman comes forward with tales of woe from the TSA! Say hello to Linda Kallish, 66, of Boynton Beach, Florida, who says that she too was forced to take her clothes off by TSA agents at JFK Airport while trying to leave after the Thanksgiving holidays. In fact, she says she was made to strip while trying to board the same flight as 85-year-old alleged TSA-victim Lenore Zimmerman. Kallish is now the third woman to say she was stripped by TSA agents at JFK that weekend.
Kallish's troubles began because of the glucose monitor and insulin pump she wears because of her diabetes. After she set off the metal detector she was sent to a private room and, she says, told to take her pants off. She says the officer didn't touch her. "So I took my pants off and showed [the glucose monitor] to her," Kallish said. "She just looked at it and said, 'Have a nice trip.'"
What bothered Kallish, though, she says, is "that while waiting to be screened, her medical items went through the metal detector and moved out of her sight, and she wasn't allowed to retrieve them."
"The whole thing is lousy," she told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "I've have never had to do that before. I have flown many times before, and I have never had to take my pants down." She says the TSA sent her a "stock e-mail, saying they were sorry for any inconvenience."
The TSA, for its part, says that it is now investigating this case too. Meanwhile, on its blog, it emphasizes that "TSA does not include strip searches in its protocols" and gives its own version of the events that led to Lenore Zimmerman being stripped. But anyway? They insist that treating grannies like terrorists is what they we, as a nation, have to do in this terrifying age of terrorizing terrorists practicing terrorism, pointing out this story "about a group of elderly men who were planning on using toxic ricin against U.S. citizens, U.S government and officials."