The alleged strip search of an 85-year-old grandmother by a Transportation Security Administration officer has prompted the introduction of a bill to deprive TSA employees of their rank and uniform.
The elderly victim, Lenore Zimmerman, of Long Beach, N.Y., is threatening to sue the TSA after she charged that she was strip searched by female TSA officers at JFK Airport in New York.
In response to Zimmerman’s claim, along with a variety of other alleged wrong-doing by TSA officers, Representative Marsha Blackburn, a Republican from Tennessee, has introduced a bill into Congress last week that will strip TSA screeners of their title of “officer;” take away their metal badges; and make them to wear uniforms that do not resemble that of actual police officers. Ironically enough, the bill is called the “STRIP” Act which stands for “Stop TSA’s Reach in Policy.”
As a part of the United States Department of Homeland Security, the TSA didn’t always dress like cop wannabes. At first, their uniform was just dark pants, a white shirt, and a TSA patch on one sleeve. The additional paraphernalia has been added over the years.
Despite the bill in Congress, the real question is do Americans have any right to privacy at airports in the United States?
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