Skip to comments.Dying woman humiliated by revealing TSA pat-down
Posted on 10/09/2012 3:37:06 PM PDT by markomalley
A dying woman says a a security pat-down at Sea-Tac Airport left her embarrassed in front of crowds of people.
Michelle Dunaj says screeners checked under bandages from recent surgeries and refused to give her a private search when she requested one.
Dunaj, who is dying of leukemia, carried a large amount of prescription drugs through Sea-Tac to head to Hawaii for what would be one of the last trips of her life.
She called Alaska Airlines ahead of time to request a wheelchair and to ask how her medicines should be separated for the security line.
"I did everything they asked me to do, so I didn't think it would be an issue," she said.
But Dunaj says nothing went right at the security checkpoint.
A machine couldn't get a reading on her saline bags, so a TSA agent forced one open, contaminating the fluid she needs to survive.
She says agents also made her lift up her shirt and pull back the bandages holding feeding tubes in place. Dunaj needs those tubes because of organ failure.
With other passengers staring, Dunaj says she asked for privacy and was turned down.
"They just said that it was fine; the location we were at was fine," she said.
TSA spokesperson Ann Davis said "Officers are trained to perform pat downs in a dignified manner and, at any point, passengers can request a private screening with a witness present."
However, Dunaj says her request for a private screening was denied, and she does not want others with special needs to run into the same problem.
"When somebody wants to take a trip, especially what I call an 'end-of-life trip' because you want to see your family and friends, then it becomes more important than just taking a trip," she said.
Davis said it is against policy for passengers to be denied privacy if they ask for it. The agency is responding to a request by KOMO News to look into the incident.
And who can forget:
Don't forget to remind yourself that you live in the "land of the free"
FIRST and foremost on Romney’s list in January MUST be to disband the TSA. Enough!
I REALLY REALLY wish Romney would bring this up in one of the debates,,who the TSA has NOT EVER stopped one would-be terrorist but has traumatized hundreds of legitimate travelers and turned a completely deaf ear to the complaints of the citizens who have been assaulted!
Kill of the TSA. Before they kill us all with a false sense of securityt.
Take an empty sock, 20 bucks of quarters in your pocket and your good to go.
People need to start chanting something when they see something like this. Hey hey hey. Ho ho ho. TSA has got to go or some such.
nice spelling, idiot!
At least I did not re post it 14 times like some do...
you know, I’ve never thought of this until you mentioned it, but TSA has never come out and said they prevented a plane from being blown up. But it did create jobs.....that cost the rests a good penny.
Or at least reform it, where it serves a real purpose, instead if this show and tell.
One of these days. One of these days.
One of these days. One of these days.
They do nothing to prevent terrorism. The TSA perverts and thieves should be fired and we should develop an intelligent approach to airport security.
TSA - Totally Sadistic A$$holes
I can’t believe how many people (family members included) that STILL think it’s a good idea. Makes them feel “safe”. I’m glad we travel in an RV.
“Hey hey hey. Ho ho ho. TSA has got to go.” I like it!
I know that there are circumstances (such as this lady’s, I presume) that require one travel by air, but in those instances in which it is not necessary, the American public would do itself a favor and starve these b@stards in the airline industry and TSA by finding other means of transportation.
They don’t deserve our money.
If Romney won’t abolish the TSA, Congress should cut off all of its funding.
I blame Muslims and Islam for all this.
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