Man Misses Flight Due to Long Security Lines and Sues for $506.85

H ooman Nikizad claims to have missed his flight due to long lines at the security checkpoint at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport; and he filed a lawsuit against the Transportation Security Administration and the Metropolitan Airports Commission for $506.85 — the cost to reimburse him for a replacement ticket, additional ground transportation expenses, and the court fee of $75.00 to file his claim — in Hennepin County District Court in Minnesota.

Man Misses Flight Due to Long Security Lines and Sues for $506.85

The lawsuit by the resident surgeon with the University of Minnesota — which purported that his wait of greater than 90 minutes on Saturday, March 19, 2016 before he was finally screening at the airport security checkpoint by the Transportation Security Administration caused him to miss his afternoon flight to Los Angeles despite arriving two hours before the scheduled time of departure — was transferred to federal court on Friday, June 10, 2016.

“‘I had to buy a ticket with another airline to be able to make my destination and meet my obligations,’ Nikizad said in his claim” — according to this article written by Paul Walsh of the Star Tribune — “which noted the TSA had limited staff on duty at the time and ‘only one body scanner for the regular security line [in operation].’”


Nikizad claims that the airport and the Transportation Security Administration “have done a very poor job of getting passengers through security.”

You think?!? Talk about the understatement of the year.

I cannot imagine a judge allowing this case to proceed — if only not to open up the floodgates for thousands of other people who were similarly affected by long lines at security checkpoints at airports around the United States to file similar lawsuits…

…and what about the airlines which spent millions of dollars to provide additional staff to man the security checkpoints at airports? Should they sue the Transportation Security Administration for recoupment of their losses as well?

The Transportation Security Administration does need to be disciplined and restructured — if not abolished altogether and replaced with a better security system at airports throughout the United States — but I believe that the success of this lawsuit is remote at best.

Source: Transportation Security Administration.

4 thoughts on “Man Misses Flight Due to Long Security Lines and Sues for $506.85”

  1. The Points Junkie says:

    I come to US regularly after having lived here for several years. Usually it is a simple process but my last trip was almost ruined by TSA and their inept officers. Interestingly the airports affected – SEA and ANC – were not what I would call major airports.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Although you should not have experienced such a stressful situations, The Points Junkie, at least thankfully your trip was not ruined; and I hope that you never have that experience again.

      By the way, the people who work for the Transportation Security Administration are not “officers.”

  2. Captain Kirk says:

    If the good doctor has no case. He could have checked the TSA wait times which are publicly available on the internet he could have seen how long the wait was, he could have arrived earlier, (he should have known TSA was bad recently unless he was living under a rock), he could have scheduled his time better, any number of options. Just another example of someone playing the victim when the circumstances were well within their control.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I do not disagree with you, Captain Kirk — but where does the responsibility and accountability on the part of the Transportation Security Administration lie?

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