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.
I blame capitulation to Muslims and PC insanity for all of this.
Neither of those scenarios is going to happen.
They dont deserve our money.
Washington Times (2010): EDITORIAL: TSA comes to your bus stop
The security theater once exclusive to Americas airports is now playing at a local Metro station. Washington's Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD) on Thursday announced new search policies developed in conjunction with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). It is important to know that implementation of random bag inspection is not a reaction to any specific threats toward the Metro system, MTPD Chief Michael A. Taborn said in his announcement.
Officials demonstrated the use of a hand-held explosive trace detection unit called the Sabre 4000. Its manufacturer, Smiths Detection, won the contract to supply the devices last year. According to promotional material, the $25,000 unit is capable of detecting various common forms of explosive including PETN, nerve gas such as Sarin, and narcotics including cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. That sounds promising, but as the Government Accountability Office pointed out in a July report, it doesnt detect everything. Details regarding the difficulty these systems face in detecting certain types of explosives were deleted because [the Department of Homeland Security] considered them to be Sensitive Security Information, the report explained.
Forbes (2012): The TSA Is Coming To A Highway Near You
Interestingly enough, as TSA officials like to routinely point out, their agencys acronym stands for Transportation Security Administration, not the Airport Security Administration. This fact has extended the TSAs reach has far beyond the confines of our nations airports. Many of my constituents discovered this first hand this past fall as those familiar blue uniforms and badges appeared on Tennessee highways. In October Tennessee became the first state to conduct a statewide Department of Homeland Security Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) team operation which randomly inspected Tennessee truck drivers and cars.
VIPR teams which count TSOs among their ranks, conduct searches and screenings at train stations, subways, ferry terminals and every other mass transit location around the country. In fact, as the Los Angeles Times has detailed, VIPR teams conducted 9,300 unannounced checkpoints and other search operations in the last year alone. The very thought of federal employees with zero law enforcement training roaming across our nations transportation infrastructure with the hope of randomly thwarting a domestic terrorist attack makes about as much sense as EPA Administrator Lisa Jacksons Environmental Justice tour.
You were saying something about other forms of transportation? (I could post articles about Amtrak and Greyhound, too, if you'd like)
I sure hope that someone in the Romney administration is keeping these incidents in mind. I also hope that Romney has the cajones to do something about it.
I'll second that
A Muzzie "screener" checking out a nun. The American flag in the background is a real nice touch, dontcha think?
Think about who established TSA. Hint: TSA was established on November 19, 2001.
“starve these b@stards in the airline industry and TSA by finding other means of transportation.”
High speed rail? Greyhound bus? I just refuse to travel, but that’s not an option for everyone. Kill off the TSA!
Who started the grope program, it wasn’t Bush.
You know, talking to yourself is one thing, but posting to yourself? And responding? I gotta start to wonder.
I don't give a gold plated rat's ass about 'i need the job' or 'just doing what i'm told' or 'it's for everyone's good' ad infinitum . . . It is ALL bullsh!t !
The perverted f***s have not stopped ONE terror incident !
I've not had to yet), and REFUSE to patronize ANY airline as long as those Nazi pukes are infecting our airports !
I'll pay more for gas in the truck and time behind the wheel . . . those cretins simply CAN NOT be held in low enough esteem !
I would drive anywhere, upwards of 48 hours distance, rather than be molested by the TSA.
The TSA backscatter scan program was tested in Phoenix in 2007 and was expanded to JFK and LAX in 2008.
From a TSA blog entry, April, 2008:
For those of you who remain skeptical, youll be happy to know that, as we expand the use of whole body imaging to JFK and LAX, it remains an optional screening method for passengers. Its voluntary so if youre selected for additional screening and you prefer the physical pat-down, just let our officers know.
Having said that, it has gotten worse under Big Sis, but it's been there for a while (I remember getting an "enhanced pat down" at Denver International all the way back in 2006)
Is that the trivia upon which you base your judgmental statements? Sad.
They're getting none of mine. If I want to visit friends on the east coast, I'll rent a freaking car and drive there. (I'm in SW Colorado)
The scenery will be much nicer and I will be in control.
TSA was never intended to be what it was turned into. The Democrats, I think that it was Tom Daschle, fought to make TSA a government union job. Bush wanted to them to be small units that could be moved from one airport to another, where ever the threats appeared.
That’s a big difference.
Yes, the Obama admin threw the gates open wide for what the bureaucracy had been brewing up.
I hope if/when elected, Mitt insists on being shown the justification for the gropeathon. Has one of these screenings ever caught a bomb?
Honestly, I doubt that he will. It would be nice.
Why does it matter that she’s dying? If I’m going to live for decades to come that’s only longer to live with sexual assault.
Cheap sympathy ploy.
Lack the ability to discern gentle ribbing when you see it? Sad.
I swore never to fly again because of this crap. I gave up over $400 in free tickets. We’ve got to stop feeding the beast. It’s the only way because I don’t hear any politicians saying anything about it. Way too many voters doing those pat downs.
“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.”
Let us all recall that we were assured by Senator Chuck Schumer (D, NY) that should airline security personnel be “federalized” that they would be “more professional”. Yes indeed.
All the Washington elites are fine with this. Keeps the little people down, and woe to the guy who lightens up and then an "incident" happens: the blamestorming would be overwhelming.
Neither party has any intention of backing down on this. On the contrary, it will be expanded, and no judge will stop them, because it's combating "terrorism".
Obama hates Jews with a passion. A smart president would take note that Israel has been flying bomb-free in spite of far more concerted attempts to terrorize Israel than the USA, and get a blue ribbon team from Israel to advise on how to cut the groping way down, if not eliminate it altogether.
Like the TSA’s gentle groping?
Cheap sympathy ploy.
I certainly hope that I misunderstood what you are saying.
IF NOT what rock did you crawl out from under?
And when was the last time anything the government “reformed” any better?
the groping started under napolitano
and that was at DHS
then it started at the airports