TSA Sued over Passenger’s Missed Flight

August 11, 2016

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. departure /dɪˈpɑr tʃər/ (n.) – an occasion when something or someone leaves
Example: I was at the airport three hours before the departure of my flight to China.

2. lawsuit /ˈlɔˌsut / (n.) – a case against someone filed in a court of law
Example: The victims filed a lawsuit against the organization.

3. procedure /prəˈsi dʒər/ (n.) – a particular way of doing something
Example: Follow the correct procedure to avoid mistakes.

4. tighten /ˈtaɪt n / (v.) – to become stricter
Example: Security at the mall was tightened after the incident.

5. implement /ˈɪm pləˌmɛnt / (v.) – to put an idea or plan into effect
Example: They all agreed to immediately implement the policy.


Read the text below.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was sued for $506.85 by an airline passenger who missed his flight due to long airport security lines.

The passenger, Hooman Nikizad, said he arrived at the airport two hours before the scheduled departure time for his flight bound from Minneapolis [min-ee-AP-uh-lis] to Los Angeles. However, he claimed that he missed his flight because he had to wait in line for an hour and a half to get through TSA security. According to him, TSA had limited staff and was using only one body scanner for the passengers in the regular security line. He said that the delay caused him to miss his flight, so he had to buy another ticket from a different airline.

Nikizad sued the TSA for $506.85, which covers his expenses for a new flight ticket, transportation, and filing for the lawsuit. The TSA did not comment on the issue, but in an interview, Nikizad said he had dropped the case.  

The TSA is an agency in the United States that is responsible for screening passengers in major transportation areas, like airports. The agency has been criticized for long security lines, causing some passengers to miss their flights. According to the agency, the long lines are caused by the increase in the number of passengers and the decrease in the number of screeners. In addition, security procedures were recently tightened after the TSA kept finding fake bombs and weapons.

The agency has implemented possible solutions to the long security lines. One of these solutions is the TSA PreCheck, which is a screening process that allows passengers to wear their shoes and belts once registered in the program. In addition, the TSA will increase the use of bomb-sniffing dogs and hire more screeners.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         Do you think Nikizad should pursue his case? Why or why not?
·         How do you think the TSA would have reacted after knowing about Nikizad’s complaint?

Discussion B

·         What are the possible effects of flight delays?
·         What procedures can be done by both airlines and passengers to avoid flight delays?

August 11, 2016