Officials call for advocate after alleged strip-searches at JFK
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling on the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) to create a position of passenger advocate at every commercial airport in light of the recent accusations by three women that they were strip-searched by TSA agents.
Ruth Sherman, one of the three women, accuses the TSA of strip-searching her due to her colostomy bag at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The TSA says it does not conduct strip-searches but nevertheless has established an advocacy service and will open a toll-free hotline for passengers next month.
Sen. Schumer says that is not enough and wants an advocate on-hand at every commercial airport.
"When this degrading experience unfolded there was no one at the airport to advocate on their behalf," Sen. Schumer says.
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