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    TSA screeners win immunity from flier abuse claims

    TSA screeners win immunity from flier abuse claims

    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.”




    While I have not read the circuit court's opinion, this would seem a ripe issue for the Supreme Court. It is absurd that there is no redress for TSA abuses, especially given the First Amendment's protection of the right to petition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    TSA screeners win immunity from flier abuse claims

    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.”




    While I have not read the circuit court's opinion, this would seem a ripe issue for the Supreme Court. It is absurd that there is no redress for TSA abuses, especially given the First Amendment's protection of the right to petition.
    So, they can grope all the little boys and girls and women they want?
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    So, they can grope all the little boys and girls and women they want?
    As an adult male, I'm more than a little offended that you think I'm not worth groping.
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    How constitutional is it though? And have they actually caught any terrorists?

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