A federal appeals court ruled travelers can sue Transportation Security Administration officers for “abusive conduct,” stripping the controversial agency of the government immunity that has protected it thus far.
The 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia declared TSA screeners act as “investigative or law enforcement officers” when searching passengers, meaning they can be subject to civil claims for intentional wrongdoing under the Federal Tort Claims Act. The decision reverses a controversial 2018 ruling by a three-judge panel from the same court that effectively gave TSA officers immunity under the law.

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