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    Yay for the TSA!

    Cancer patient asked to lift bandages at airport....

    .....SEATTLE (AP) A Michigan woman dying of leukemia hopes her embarrassing experience at a Seattle airport changes the way the Transportation Security Administration treats travelers with medical conditions.

    Michelle Dunaj, 34, was making what she expects will be the last trip of her life on Oct. 2 as she departed for Hawaii.

    The Roseville, Mich., woman thought she had prepared by calling the airline ahead of time, asking for a wheelchair, carrying documentation for her feeding tubes and making sure she had prescriptions for all her medications, including five bags of saline solution. But Dunaj said she received a full pat-down in the security line at Sea-Tac Airport and had to lift her shirt and pull back bandages so agents could get a good look. She said everyone else in line got a look, too.

    "My issue is: It was in front of everyone, and everyone was looking at me like I was a criminal or like I was doing something wrong," Dunaj told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "It shouldn't have been in front of everyone."

    Dunaj said a female agent performed the pat-down and asked her to lift up her shirt after feeling the tubes going into Dunaj's chest and abdomen. Dunaj said her suggestion for a more private pat-down was dismissed.

    "I asked them if they thought that was an appropriate location, and they told me that everything was fine," she said.

    She said another agent punctured one of the saline bags she was carrying, ruining it.

    "I didn't want to start getting upset and swearing and causing more of a scene or issue," Dunaj said. "But it definitely wasn't handled properly."

    Dunaj said that after her pat-down, she was asked to move along, as if she were responsible for holding up the line.

    "I thought that was a little rude," she said.

    After Dunaj told her story on KOMO-TV, the TSA started looking into the situation, Northwest Region spokeswoman Lorie Dankers said.

    "Any time a passenger requests a private screening, they should be granted one," Dankers said.

    "We work to make our screening procedures as minimally invasive as possible while still proving the level of security that the American people want and deserve," Dankers added in an email statement.

    Travelers with disabilities can call a TSA hotline with questions about screening procedures.

    Dunaj had no problems flying out of Detroit or returning to Seattle from Hawaii. She stayed with a friend at suburban Bonney Lake in western Washington, and returns to Michigan on Wednesday. She wasn't looking forward to departing from Sea-Tac, although the TSA contacted her through KOMO and offered to have a manager help her through security.

    She'll enter hospice on Oct. 17 back home.

    Dunaj decided to make the trip after she was told she had three to four months to live. She doesn't regret it, despite the hassles.

    "Hawaii was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen," she said. "Number 1 on my bucket list."

    She hopes her experience might change the TSA's practices or at least embolden others like her to keep trying.

    "I figure if nothing else, it might help someone in the future and encourage people facing the same challenges I have faced to do what they want to do and see things before it's too late."

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    Common sense is so uncommon, especially with the TSA...

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    My heart goes out to that poor woman, and i'm glad she got to go to Hawaii.

    In certain situations, where people's dignity is at stake, there are ways to make the "everyday"
    procedure more comfortable for someone dealing with extraordinary circumstances.

    I think, despite the incident, the woman had a great attitude.

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    Back in high school I used to be part of a tech/science group, aptly named TSA (Technological Students Association or something like that). Every time I told someone I was part of that group, I'd get the weirdest and most awkward looks and I'd have to explain what I mean.
    Ready, Eddie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EVH_Erupted View Post
    Back in high school I used to be part of a tech/science group, aptly named TSA (Technological Students Association or something like that). Every time I told someone I was part of that group, I'd get the weirdest and most awkward looks and I'd have to explain what I mean.
    Did you get paid 8 bucks an hour?

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    The public sector could have done a much better job then then the feds on this.
    Just another waste of taxpayer funds.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Achilleslastand View Post
    Did you get paid 8 bucks an hour?
    No, we got graded.
    Ready, Eddie!

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    I saw the report on this on HLN, and they said the TSA said the proper procedures were followed.

    They had another report a couple of weeks ago about a grandmother with a urinary infection out in Arizona or New Mexico who got pulled over for speeding when she was trying to get to a bathroom, and the police wound up forcibly dragging her from the car just because she didn't pull out her driver's license right away and wanted to explain her situation first. The woman was in her 70's! And the statement from the police department was, "Proper procedures were followed."

    Used to there would have at least been a PR move of, "The officer is on suspension while an internal investigation is pending." Now the statement is, "That's damn right, that's what you peons get! Don't mess with us!"

    News stories like this, where a cancer patient and a grandmother with a urinary infection can't even get a break, keep the rest of us in line. "Don't make trouble or you're next."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ice Cream Man View Post
    I saw the report on this on HLN, and they said the TSA said the proper procedures were followed.

    They had another report a couple of weeks ago about a grandmother with a urinary infection out in Arizona or New Mexico who got pulled over for speeding when she was trying to get to a bathroom, and the police wound up forcibly dragging her from the car just because she didn't pull out her driver's license right away and wanted to explain her situation first. The woman was in her 70's! And the statement from the police department was, "Proper procedures were followed."

    Used to there would have at least been a PR move of, "The officer is on suspension while an internal investigation is pending." Now the statement is, "That's damn right, that's what you peons get! Don't mess with us!"

    News stories like this, where a cancer patient and a grandmother with a urinary infection can't even get a break, keep the rest of us in line. "Don't make trouble or you're next."
    Sheriff Joe would have hauled that 70 year old straight to the big house!

    "I'm sorry, ma'am, we have some great restroom facilities in the local penitentiary.
    In fact, i'm gonna give you a nice Po-Leeeece escort."

 

 

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