Grandmother sues TSA over strip search at Oklahoma airport

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A Las Vegas grandmother has sued the Transportation Security Administration after she says they made her strip down.

 

A US grandmother has sued the Transportation Security Administration after she says they made her strip down in Oklahoma before a flight back to Nevada.

 

Rhonda Mengert was travelling through Tulsa International Airport on Mother’s Day when an implant in her hip set off the metal detector.

 

The 51-year-old agreed to be pat down by a TSA agent who found a “common feminine hygiene product” underneath her clothes.

 

At this point Mengert claims she was taken to a private room and asked to strip down and expose her genitals.

 

“I was told I needed to pull my pants and my underwear down to my knees and remove the item and show it to them for inspection,” Mengert said.

 

“It was horrific. It was horrible. It was degrading.”

 

The Las Vegas grandmother says she is suffering severe emotional distress and says the search violated her rights.

 

In a statement, the TSA said they cannot comment on pending litigation.

 

“TSA does not conduct strip searches and is committed to ensuring the security of travelers, while treating passengers of all ages with dignity and respect,” it read.