Woman on ‘End of Life’ Trip Embarrassed by TSA?
(SEATTLE) — A woman dying of leukemia says Transportation Security Administration officers at the Seattle-Tacoma airport embarrassed her on her way to an “end of life” trip to Hawaii.
ABC affiliate KOMO reported that Michelle Dunaj carried a large amount of prescription drugs with her to the airport. A machine couldn’t get a reading on her saline bags and a TSA agent forced one open, contaminating the liquid inside.
A TSA agent also reportedly denied Dunaj’s request for a private screening. “They just said the location we were at was fine,” Dunaj told KOMO.
TSA agents required Dunaj to pull up her shirt and pull back the bandages that held her feeding tubes in place, the TV station reported. The feeding tubes were there because Dunaj’s organs were failing.
“It shouldn’t have happened that way. They should be more respectful of people,” Dunaj said.
Dunaj told KOMO 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 there would be an issue,” she said.
A TSA spokesman told ABC News the agency was aware of the complaint and was reviewing the circumstances.
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