Last updated: 10:19 AM ET, Tue June 14 2016

Passenger Suing TSA After Missing Flight Due to Long Security Lines

Airlines & Airports | Transportation Security Administration | Donald Wood | June 14, 2016

Passenger Suing TSA After Missing Flight Due to Long Security Lines

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A man is suing the Transportation Security Administration after he claimed the long security lines caused him to miss his flight in March.

The man—named Hooman Nikizad—arrived two hours before his flight was scheduled to depart from Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport, but was stuck in a security checkpoint line for more than 1.5 hours.

Nikizad missed his flight due to the long lines, and now he is suing the TSA for $506.85 to compensate the cost of a new flight and other transportation fees, plus the filing fee for the lawsuit.

“The [Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport] and TSA have done a very poor job of getting passengers through security,” Nikizad said in his lawsuit. “The defendants' failures cost me a new a new flight ticket and multiple transportation costs to and from the airports.”

Nikizad’s lawsuit was filed in April, but the case has been moved to federal court. The missed flight also took place just a few days after TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger visited the airport to address long wait times at security checkpoints, which the plaintiff cited in his claim.

The lawsuit brought against TSA is the latest in a long line of issues facing the agency due to lengthy security lines at airports across the United States. With record airport traffic, TSA has asked passengers to arrive two hours ahead of their flight time, but Nikizad is saying even two hours isn’t enough.


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