TSA being sued by airline passenger over missed flight


Hooman Nikizad is doing what most every other American would probably like to do — he’s suing the TSA.

Man wants $506.85 in compensation from the TSA

Nikizad says he missed his flight out of Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport because the TSA was understaffed and only had one body scanner in use for the regular security line.

The man claims he arrived some two hours before his scheduled departure time — in accordance with TSA’s recommended guidelines — but missed his flight after enduring wait times of more than an hour and a half.

Nikizad is seeking $506.85, which covers the cost of a new flight he had to book plus other transportation fees. That dollar amount also covers the administrative fee he had to pay for filing the federal lawsuit, which names Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport as a co-defendant.

‘The [Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport] and TSA have done a very poor job of getting passengers through security,’ Nikizad’s claim states.

‘The defendants’ failures cost me a new a new flight ticket and multiple transportation costs to and from the airports.’

There’s been no comment yet from the TSA on this lawsuit.

Three ways to speed your airport security wait times

Some 220 million passengers are expected to fly during July and August this year, according to the New York Times. A perfect storm of screener shortages, tighter budgets, new TSA procedures and increased passenger count will mean more long wait times to come.

Fortunately, there is something you can do about it.

  • Consider signing up for  TSA Pre✓® (Precheck) — the expedited security screening program from the TSA. You can apply online at tsa.gov/tsaprecheck/apply. It costs $85, and if approved, is valid for five years.
  • Global Entry is another option geared, but this one is specifically geared toward international travelers. There is a $100 application fee. Right now, select American Express cardholders can get a credit on their credit card statement for Global Entry if they have the Corporate Gold Card, Consumer Platinum Card, Corporate Platinum Card, Business Platinum Card and Centurion Card, all of which carry an annual fee.
  • Clear is a third option for speeding your way through airport security. It costs $179 annually and is only available at about a dozen major airports.

Read more: Traveling soon? Here’s the best survival guide for long airport lines


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