Court rules TSA screeners immune from lawsuit damages

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Another reason not to fly: A federal appeals court today ruled 2-1 that TSA screeners are personally immune from lawsuit damages for overall abusive or invasive assaults.

Essentially this ruling puts TSA screeners above the law, allowed to abuse Americans anyway they wish.



  • Cotour

    And it appears that the same goes for the FBI and the DOJ and any other member of these exclusive elite government law enforcement and empowered political “clubs”. No oversight, not consequences for illegal actions taken.

    There is a line and they continue to move it further and further from reasonable, eventually what will we have?

  • wodun

    It just means you sue the employer and not the employee. In this case, the employer has unlimited resources though :(

    The problem is that the law allows the TSA to do many things that people find objectionable. In most cases, it isn’t the employees fault.

  • Edward

    From the article:

    screeners were not “investigative or law enforcement officers,” and were therefore shielded from liability under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA). … It was a defeat for Nadine Pellegrino, a business consultant from Boca Raton, Florida. She and her husband had sued for false arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution over a July 2006 altercation at Philadelphia International Airport.

    Well, someone was law enforcement enough to make an arrest, and someone performed the investigation and malicious prosecution, for which she was acquitted.

    It’s bad enough that we have to strip down and go through the porn-o-vision machine or suffer the nipple squeeze procedure, now the TSA can get away with bad behavior during this public humiliation.

    There was a time when I loved to fly. Not anymore.

    (Hmm. I may have chosen the wrong profession. Is there a TSA job application handy?)

    From the article:

    Last August, the same court threw out a First Amendment claim by an architect, Roger Vanderklok, who said he was arrested in retaliation for asking to file a complaint against an ill-tempered TSA supervisor.

    So, now the TSA can get away with retaliation against travelers that merely want to complain about TSA agents’ bad behavior. Allowing retaliation, false arrest, and malicious prosecution is how government agents get swelled heads about just how powerful they are over the peons that they process every day.

    This is how we get corrupt agents who think that they have the right and power to do whatever they please, such as sway federal elections.

    Welcome to Obama’s America, land of the formerly free.

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