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US Supreme Court backs airline in aviation security case

The United States Supreme Court on Monday overturned a defamation judgment against an airline which had been sued after warning that a former pilot could pose a security risk. William Hoeper initially won a $1.4 million settlement against his former employer Air Wisconsin, which had alerted the federal Transportation Security Administration that he may be carrying a weapon after he boarded a flight.

Supreme Court says airline shielded in pilot's defamation claim

WASHINGTON - Ruling that airlines have broad immunity from lawsuits under a post-9-11 security law, the Supreme Court on Monday threw out a $1.4 million defamation judgment awarded to a pilot who was reported by his employer as mentally unstable and potentially armed. The court was unanimous in holding that a law aimed at encouraging reports of possible security threats to the Transportation Security Administration shields airlines from defamation claims when the reports are substantially true.

Guns, swords, grenades: busy year for air passenger seizures

It's a given that bringing a loaded firearm onto a US plane is illegal. But that did not stop 1,477 people from trying to do just that last year, officials said Friday. Passengers also sought to sneak grenades, inert explosives, tear gas, cane-swords and even a medieval mace onto flights, all part of the varied weaponry detected at airport checkpoints by the Transportation Security Administration in 2013.

TSA to inspect how airliner repair shops secure planes in US, overseas; some say rule too weak

The Transportation Security Administration is gearing up to begin inspecting airplane shops all over the world, an effort aimed at stopping potential sabotage and theft of U.S. planes. The new rules announced on Friday will put TSA in the business of inspecting airport-based repair stations, finally satisfying a mandate that Congress first issued 10 years ago because of fears that terrorists could steal an unattended plane or sabotage one while it is being repaired.

LA airport gunman indicted by grand jury

A man accused of opening fire at Los Angeles international airport (LAX), killing a security agent, has been charged on 11 counts including first degree murder, prosecutors said Tuesday. A federal Grand Jury returned the charges against Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, who allegedly walked into LAX Terminal 3, pulled an assault weapon out of a duffel bag and opened fire on Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers.

Accused Los Angeles airport gunman indicted on 11 federal charges

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The man accused of opening fire at Los Angeles International Airport last month, killing a federal security screener and wounding three other people, was indicted on Tuesday on charges of premeditated murder and attempted murder of federal officers. Three charges in the 11-count indictment against Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, carry a maximum sentence of life in prison or the death penalty, though federal prosecutors have not decided yet whether to seek capital punishment if he were convicted.

Forgotten change adds up at US airports

Travelers left behind a record $531,395.22 in loose change at security checkpoints in US airports in fiscal 2012, the Transportation Security Administration says. In a report to Congress, seen by the Washington Post, the TSA said more than $10,000 in change was forgotten at each of 13 major airports in such cities as New York, Dallas, Atlanta and San Francisco. Passengers at Miami International Airport, a prime gateway for Latin American travellers, left $39,613, more than at any other airport.

Accused Los Angeles airport gunman ordered held without bond

By Dana Feldman RANCHO CUCAMONGA, California (Reuters) - A California man accused of opening fire at Los Angeles International Airport last month, killing a federal security screener and wounding three other people, was ordered held without bond on Wednesday, pending trial. A federal judge said he was denying bail for Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, because he posed a danger to the community and represented a potential flight risk, prosecutors said in a statement.

Prosecutors want accused LA airport gunman held without bail

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Prosecutors asked a federal magistrate judge on Tuesday to deny bail for a California man accused of opening fire at Los Angeles International Airport last month, killing a security agent and wounding three other people. Federal prosecutors said in court papers filed a day ahead of an initial court appearance for Paul Anthony Ciancia that he should be jailed without bond until trial because he represented a flight risk and danger to the community.

Accused L.A. gunman moved from hospital to U.S. marshals' custody

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The man charged with a deadly shooting frenzy at Los Angeles International Airport has been released from the hospital where he was recovering from bullet wounds and turned over to federal marshals, a U.S. attorney's spokesman said on Tuesday. Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, whose injuries included a gunshot to the face when arrested, had been heavily sedated, incapacitated and listed in critical condition in the aftermath of the November 1 shooting, according to court documents.
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