Now Three Grandmas Say They Were Strip-Searched at JFK

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"Any law enforcement professional with any time experience would tell you that if you can't tell the difference between an 80-year-old with a health issue and someone who might need further screening, then this kind of behavior makes us the laughing stock of law enforcement worldwide," said the senior official. "These [passengers] were only guilty of buying a ticket."

The official also noted that if the person were in fact a threat, removing them to an area such as a "private room," would not mitigate the threat if it were a bomb.

"If this is what it has come to, the whole system needs to be redone," said the official, who has been involved in numerous significant airport arrests and emergencies.

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Sherman says TSA has not apologized to her but says she isn't looking for an apology either.

"I just want to forget this happened, and I wanted to come forward because I want everyone who is going through any medical condition like mine to know their rights," said Sherman.

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