TSA screening is a humiliating experience for everyone. We strip down to shirts and socks. Our bodies are bombarded by X-rays in full-body scanners that are questionably medically safe. We wait in 45-minute lines that we wouldn’t even tolerate at Costco. But I had no idea TSA agents could stoop so low, according to a KOMO-TV report about how a dying woman was treated at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
A woman with leukemia, who was making one of the last trips of her life to Hawaii, was embarrassed by a TSA security pat-down at Sea-Tac airport. Michelle Dunaj told KOMO TV in a Monday report that agents refused to give her a private screening when she asked for one, asked her to pull back bandages and forced her to open a saline bag, which contaminated it.
TSA, which has not spoken to Dunaj, denies that its agents asked Dunaj to open the saline pack or her bandages, according to this report from the Associated Press. I mean, I suppose it’s possible Dunaj volunteered to pull bandages off her feeding tubes. It’s possible that a woman on one of the last vacations of her life wanted to spend it taking phone calls from reporters. It’s possible the story was made up. It’s possible, if we all got stoned, like my colleague Bruce Ramsey.