"Any time a passenger requests a private screening, they should be granted one," said Lorie Dankers, spokeswoman for the Northwest Region of TSA.
"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 will return 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 one 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."