Dying woman humiliated by revealing TSA pat-down

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  1. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Dying-woman-humiliated-by-revealing-TSA-pat-down-173235451.html
     
  2. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Is anyone surprised, especially at Sea-Tac?
     
  3. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    the clerk who did this should be fired faster than TSA fires a thief. They robbed this woman of her dignity which is worth a lot more than money, and cannot be replaced.
     
  4. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    I've seen no evidence that the TSA fires thieves.

    They appear to fire them not because they're thieves, but because they fail to show up to work their shifts while they're incarcerated.
     
  5. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    I've seen no evidence that the TSA fires thieves.

    They appear to fire them not because they're thieves, but because they fail to show up to work their shifts while they're incarcerated.
     
  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    These unsanitary swine with no medical training have no business removing (or "pulling back") people's bandages.
     
  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    More info ... (might be wire feed of same article)

    KBOI 2: Dying woman humiliated by revealing TSA pat-down

    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.



    Forcing open a saline bag??????????????????

    Usually bull:poop: response from TSA spokeshole:

    Said TSA spokesperson Ann Davis: "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."

    ...

    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.

    Expect no apology, no resolution, no improvement.
     
  8. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Now getting national & international coverage -- it's good to see these (expletive deleted) getting the publicity they so deserve!

    ABC News: TSA Embarrasses Woman En Route to ‘End of Life’ Trip

    A woman dying of leukemia says the Transportation Security Administration officers at the Seattle-Tacoma airport embarrassed her on her way to an “end of life” trip to Hawaii.

    Local 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 the KOMO.

    TSA agents required Dunaj to pull up her shirt and pull back th
    e bandages that held her feeding tubes in place, the TV station reported. The feeding tubes were there because Dunaj’s organs were failing.

    UK Daily Mail: Leukemia patient making 'end-of-life' trip to Hawaii says TSA made her pull bandages back and contaminated saline

    A leukemia patient making what she calls an 'end-of-life' trip to Hawaii says she was embarrassed by security agents at the airport who refused her request for a private pat-down and made her lift her shirt and pull back her bandages.

    Michelle Dunaj, from Seattle, also says an agent at Sea-Tac Airport opened a saline bag, contaminating fluid she needs to survive after the machine couldn't read it.

    TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis told KOMO-TV it is against policy to deny a private screening for passengers who request it.




     
  9. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    I bet if they eventually wind up killing a passenger we'll hear an excuse for that also. Somebody in the agency is probably working on that this very minute.
     
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  10. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    (link's to Boing Boing's home page, their link to the article itself is dead)

    Boing Boing: Woman with late-stage terminal cancer humiliated by TSA bandage-lifting

    What has the TSA done to protect America from rogue cancer terrorists this week? This: A woman with leukemia who was making an end-of-life journey to Hawaii was humiliated en route by a revealing TSA pat-down.

    [Michelle] 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.
     
  11. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    There was a segment on this on the NYC area WCBS local news.
     
  12. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    They would deny-deny-deny then cover up and deny and spin.
     
  13. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    TSA now claims to have looked at the surveillance tapes and found a river in Egypt ...

    Seattle Times: Leukemia patient embarrassed by Sea-Tac pat-down

    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.


    Why should she speak with the sick perverts that just abused her?
     
  14. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    what's missing from that denial is anything about making her pull up her shirt to expose those bandages in public and the refusal to move to a private room. Thereby giving the impression that the whole story was false without explicitly saying so. Yet they do not deny that those things happened, which tells me the story is true. what is noteworthy is that they do not offer any apology for this either.

    It shows you the the TSA really has no way to address this issue. What's you got under that shirt? they can't tell without seeing or feeling.
    If what Rugape says is to be believed on the vague-ness of the crotch feeling, the TSA is probably vague here on the training as well. The minimum of decency would be to do this in private.
     
  15. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Atlantic Wire: The TSA Kept You Safe from This Woman Dying from Leukemia

    It appears that TSA agents at Seattle-Tacoma Airport were convinced Michelle Dunaj, a woman dying of leukemia, meant to do them harm, which is why they did things like ruin her medicine and lift her shirt to show them her feeding tubes. "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," reports Joel Moreno who writes for Eugene, Oregon's KVAL-TV—a CBS affiliate. "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," adds Moreno. Dunaj herself said that she checked with Alaska Airlines ahead of time because she knew that her saline bags and her medicine might pose a problem for screeners. TSA screeners of late, seem to really enjoy patting down non-threats like Dunaj ...
     
  16. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    Every single comment at the end of that article was negative towards the TSA. The TSA has a huge credibility gap - nobody believes anything they say anymore.
     
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  17. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    The minimum of decency would be to not do it at all without at least reasonable suspicion if not probable cause.
     
  18. RB

    RB Founding Member

    TSA can deny all they want but this kind of thing happens to often to believe TSA's version of events.

    Transporation Scumbags of America
     
  19. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    The problem isn't just where they're doing it but what they're doing. TSA has no business messing with bandages, feeding tubes and cathethers. Period. Stop. End of story.

    I spent several months of 2010 with a dialysis catheter coming out of my chest. The entire apparatus was covered with very large, special bandage to keep the apparatus in place, clean and inaccessible. Whenever the nurses & technicians at the dialysis clinic removed it, everything was carefully sterilized before it was rebandaged, with a very meticulous methodology as to how they went about it.

    These monkeys with GED's that are let out of their cages in the airports do not have the knowledge, skills, supplies (sterilizing agents, gauze pads, replacement bandages, etc.) nor the medical certification to be messing with this stuff, especially not when they're usually wearing gloves that might have been in someone's crotch or up someone's butt 60 seconds earlier.
     
  20. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    KOMO news in Seattle just did another interview with Ms. Dunaj after speaking with the TSA who continues to say the video does not back up her story although they did admit the video doesn't show everything and there is no audio. Ms. Dunaj stands by her story and says they definitely opened one of the saline bags, did ask her to lift up her shirt and peel back the bandage and told her, when she asked for private screening, that the area they were in was just fine. TSA claims they can't determine whether she asked for private screening because there is no audio. KOMO asked for a copy of the video and was told by TSA they would have to go through proper channels, whatever that would be. Ms. Dunaj came across extremely credible in the interview and I have no doubt she's telling the truth.
     
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