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Court: Airlines get leeway when someone references a bomb

Court: Airlines get leeway when someone references a bomb

Airline employees cannot be held liable if they misinterpret a passenger's reference to a bomb as a threat when they report it to security authorities as long as their statements are not false on key facts, an appeals court said Thursday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan gave workers plenty of leeway as it rejected a $50 million lawsuit brought by Rosalinda Baez, a former female executive. In an opinion written by Circuit Judge Dennis Jacobs, a three-judge panel said it was following Supreme Court precedent in finding that an air carrier and its employees are immune from liability unless their report is materially false. "At an airport, a bare reference to a...

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