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    A federal appeals court on Friday handed a victory to travelers who object to invasive screenings at U.S. airport security checkpoints, saying screeners are not absolutely immune from lawsuits accusing them of abusive conduct.
    In a 9-4 decision, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said Transportation Security Administration screeners were "investigative or law enforcement officers" for purposes of searching passengers, waiving the government's usual immunity from lawsuits.
    Circuit Judge Thomas Ambro said the "intimate physical nature" of airport screenings brought them within the ambit of law enforcement, allowing travelers to pursue some civil claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act for intentional wrongdoing.

    Friday's decision reversed a July 2018 ruling by a three-judge 3rd Circuit panel.
    It is a victory for Nadine Pellegrino, a business consultant from Boca Raton, Florida, who with her husband sued for false arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution over a July 2006 incident at Philadelphia International Airport.
    Pellegrino, then 57, had objected to the invasiveness of a random screening prior to her scheduled boarding of a US Airways flight to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and was accused of striking a TSA officer.
    She was eventually jailed for about 18 hours and charged with assault, making terroristic threats and other crimes, which she denied. Pellegrino was acquitted at a March 2008 trial.
    "If you think you are a victim of intentional misconduct by TSA agents, you can now have your day in court," her lawyer Paul Thompson said in an interview. "Nadine never gave up, and it is a real tribute to her courage."

    More at: http://news.trust.org/item/20190830174121-v2tdb
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    "If you think you are a victim of intentional misconduct by TSA agents, you can now have your day in court,"
    14 years later.

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    Someone call Jesse Ventura...

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    "If you think you are a victim of intentional misconduct by TSA agents, you can now have your day in court get yourself added to one or more of the government's various lists of troublesome malcontents," her lawyer Paul Thompson said in an interview.
    Fixed it for him.
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    TSA wants more ID's for crews now (from two to three), and mandatory "dress up in Uniform". to get through security now.

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    The maker of that video should have ended it with the pilot being selected for random screening after all that...
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    Imagine the number of lawsuits if everyone did this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danke View Post
    TSA wants more ID's for crews now (from two to three), and mandatory "dress up in Uniform". to get through security now.

    https://onemileatatime.com/tsa-known-crewmember/




    The maker of that video should have ended it with the pilot being selected for random screening after all that...
    The lowering of standards for travelers, we have to dumb down to get through security.
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