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Wed Jul 11, 2018, 02:07 PM

TSA screeners win immunity from flier abuse claims: U.S. appeals court

Source: Reuters

Fliers may have a tough time recovering damages for invasive screenings at U.S. airport security checkpoints, after a federal appeals court on Wednesday said screeners are immune from claims under a federal law governing assaults, false arrests and other abuses.

In a 2-1 vote, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners are shielded by government sovereign immunity from liability under the Federal Tort Claims Act because they do not function as “investigative or law enforcement officers.”

The majority said it was “sympathetic” to concerns that its decision would leave fliers with “very limited legal redress” for alleged mistreatment by aggressive or overzealous screeners, which add to the ordinary stresses of air travel.

“For most people, TSA screenings are an unavoidable feature of flying,” but it is “squarely in the realm” of Congress to expand liability for abuses, Circuit Judge Cheryl Ann Krause wrote.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tsa-lawsuit/tsa-screeners-win-immunity-from-flier-abuse-claims-u-s-appeals-court-idUSKBN1K125W

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Reply TSA screeners win immunity from flier abuse claims: U.S. appeals court (Original post)
left-of-center2012 Jul 11 OP
bucolic_frolic Jul 11 #1
Name removed Jul 11 #2
sandensea Jul 11 #5
Lonestarblue Jul 11 #3
noneof_theabove Jul 11 #4
ArizonaLib Jul 11 #7
GeorgeGist Jul 11 #6
sdfernando Jul 11 #8

Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 02:23 PM

1. An invasive screening is not considered an investigation?

Is that judge stupid?

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Response to Name removed (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 02:50 PM

5. That, and steal things from your luggage.

When people wonder why things tend to get stolen from luggage in third world airports (and Miami), this is why.

Airport personnel are first given blanket powers in the name of security, and before long that devolves into outright theft rings.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 02:49 PM

3. That judge should have undergone an invasive body search before making a decision.

Anyone who has ever been through a crotch search—right out in public!—by a TSA person might think differently. I had this happen, and I’m a member of Global Entry, so TSA already has my photo and my fingerprints on file, and I’ve passed some kind of security clearance. That isn’t enough?

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Wed Jul 11, 2018, 02:49 PM

4. another goose stop...


to the fascist destruction of america.

I'm about 128 mile from any wall and it is looking more like I will be on the other side before the final goose step hits the ground.

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Response to noneof_theabove (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 02:56 PM

7. Yes - Exactly

Searches are a 'Feature' of flying? She sounds like an idiot. Only someone who knows they are full of it would feel they had to sell that kind of corruption.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 02:55 PM

6. Little steps ...

to Fascism™.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2018, 02:58 PM

8. OMG! Stupid Stupid Stupid!

...and like our current congress will do anything about this.

We need Dems to take the House & Senate!

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