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TSA Apologizes to Granny Who Claims She Was Strip-Searched

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Transportation Security Administration says it has apologized to an 85-year-old New York woman for her “unpleasant screening experience,” but denies her claim that she was strip-searched.

The incident began when Lenore Zimmerman went to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport last Tuesday to catch a JetBlue flight to Fort Lauderdale.  Zimmerman uses a walker and avoids the screening machines because of her pacemaker. She requested a pat down for that reason, and instead she says she was taken to a private room and was shocked when she was asked to take off her pants and other clothes.

The TSA issued a statement saying, “Private screening was requested by the passenger.  It was granted and lasted approximately 11 minutes.”

On Sunday, the TSA issued a second statement saying it, “contacted the passenger to apologize that she feels she had an unpleasant screening experience, however, TSA does not include strip searches in its protocols and a strip search did not occur in this case."

Reached at her winter home in Florida, Zimmerman reacted to the TSA response by telling the New York Daily News, “I say they’re lying.  They’re doing it to protect their butts."

The grandma says she really doesn’t remember if the TSA called to apologize, saying she’s been so upset she’s been taking sleeping pills.

When asked if she accepts the TSA apology, Zimmerman told the Daily News, “Yes, I may sue them anyway because it was a very traumatic experience.”

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Napolitano: Revised Pat-Down Policy for Kids Is Months Away 

Kevin Moloney/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, Defense Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday that the TSA would begin enforcing a revised pat-down procedure for children under the age of 12.

She said that soon, DHS would begin a more “risked based” approach to passenger screening.

According to Napolitano, although there will still be some random checks, even for children under the age of 12, there will also be certain changes recognized by the general public in the months to come.

At the hearing, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., had expressed personal displeasure with some examples of TSA screening. He pointed to an instance in which an eight-year-old girl had to be patted down due instructions relating to a child suicide bomber in Kandahar.  He stressed the importance of putting “some sense” into the security procedures.

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Indian Ambassador Frisked by TSA

File Photo Courtesy -- ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The Indian government is fuming this week after its ambassador to Washington was subjected to a TSA pat-down at a Mississippi airport.

"This is unacceptable to India," said External Affairs Minister SM Krishna, according to the BBC. "We are going to take it up with the U.S. government, and I hope things could be resolved so that such unpleasant incidents do not recur."

According to the Indian embassy in Washington, Ambassador Meera Shankar was selected for secondary screening Dec. 4 at the Jackson-Evers International Airport, where she was catching a flight to Baltimore after attending a conference at Mississippi State University.

"The U.S. State Department has reached out to the ambassador and has regretted what had happened," Virander Paul, a spokesman for the Indian embassy, told ABC News.

Some reports have suggested that Ambassador Shankar was selected for the hands-on pat-down because she was wearing a sari, a traditional Indian wrap-around dress. On Thursday, the Transportation Security Administration defended the actions of its officers.

"After a review of this passenger's screening experience, we determined that the TSA officers followed proper procedure," the TSA told ABC News.

The State Department said today that it only recently learned of the incident and had not received a formal complaint from the Indian government.

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