TSA agents rip apart dying woman at security check

Michelle Dunaj 
By: Eva Fett 

(Scroll down for video) The TSA did not care that a woman was dying and gave her an embarrassing pat down in public, according to reports.

The dying woman said that the TSA at Sea-Tac Airport, left her embarrassed in front of a crowd of people.

Michelle Dunaj says inspectors searched under her bandages she had after recent surgeries, and refused to give her a private search when she asked.

Dunaj, who is dying of leukemia, had a lot of prescription drugs while going through Sea-Tac to go 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 at a safety line.

"I did everything they asked me to do, so I do not think that was a problem," she said.

Dunaj said nothing and went right to the security checkpoint.

A machine cannot check her bags of saline, so a TSA agent forced one open, contaminating the fluid she needs to survive.
She also says that officers made her raise her shirt and pulled open the bandages holding feeding tubes in place. Dunaj needed these tubes due to organ failure.

With other passengers watching, Dunaj says she asked for privacy and was rejected.

"They just said it was fine, the location we were in was fine," she said.

TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis said: "Officers are trained to perform searches in a dignified manner, at any time, passengers can request a private screening with a witness present."

However, Dunaj said that her request for a private screening was denied, and she does not want other people with special needs to run in to the same problem.

"When someone wants to take a trip, especially what I call an end-of-life trip because they want to see their family and friends, then it becomes very important to make a trip," she said.

Davis said it is against policy to refuse passengers who request privacy. The agency is responding to a request to investigate the incident.