Are Airlines At Fault for Letting Terrorists Onboard?

By | December 29, 2011
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As we mentioned previously, Theophilius Maranga a lawyer from Fishkill, NY, is suing Delta Airlines and Air France-KLM for ten million dollars in damages for not

properly compensating him after they let a man onboard who intended on blowing up the aircraft.

Maranga tried to get compensation through a federal program, but only got $400. We tend to think of this, as, once again, evidence of our overly litigious society.

But we continue to ask the question…if a man checks no luggage, and boards a plane to a snowy city without a coat, is it the job of the airline to raise the flag of suspicion? Or is that the job of airport/government security?

We expect airlines to make common-sense decisions about security. If someone is acting in a dangerous way, they should be confronted. But asking the airlines to get into the intelligence business is hardly practical or realistic.

Should the airline have given the Maranga something for his trouble? Maybe, as a gesture of thanks. But a lawsuit implies they committed some kind of wrongdoing by not thanking him.

We also understand how Maranga can be nervous to fly after such an incident. But, that also is not the fault of the airline. It is the fault of terrorists. But they won’t come to court to pay out.

What do you think?