October 9, 2012 at 9:39 AM
UPDATE: Leukemia patient embarrassed by Sea-Tac pat-down
UPDATE 4:41 P.M.| The TSA is now saying that, after looking at video surveillance, its officers followed protocol when they checked leukemia patient Michelle Dunaj at Sea-Tac Airport last week.
“At no point did a TSA officer open the passenger’s medically necessary liquids and the passenger was never asked to remove or pull off any bandages,” said a Tuesday afternoon release from the TSA.
The release also said that Dunaj has not spoken with TSA directly about her screening experience yet.
A leukemia patient making what she calls an “end-of-life” trip to Hawaii says she was embarrassed by security agents at Sea-Tac Airport who refused her request for a private pat-down when they made her lift her shirt and pull back bandages.
Michelle Dunaj also say an agent opened a saline bag, contaminating fluid she needs to survive.
TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis told KOMO-TV it’s against policy to deny a private screening for passengers who request it. The agency is looking into the incident.
It happened last week as the Detroit-area woman was traveling through Seattle to Hawaii. Dunaj says she thought she had prepared, calling the airline ahead of time and requesting a wheelchair and asking how to send her medicines through security.
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