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Jury awards airline passenger $400,000
boston.com ^ | 01/16/07 | Shelley Murphy

Posted on 01/16/2007 6:43:19 AM PST by Ellesu

A federal jury has ordered American Airlines to pay $400,000 to a computer consultant who was pulled from a flight at Logan International Airport because of security concerns, then denied reboarding even after he had been cleared by State Police. "I felt like I was being treated like a terrorist and there was no way I could prove I didn't do anything or say anything at all," said John Cerqueira , 39, who grew up in Fall River and now lives in Miami. "I'm grateful to the jury for sending the message to American Airlines that just the use of the word security isn't an excuse for unlawful behavior."

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: americanairlines; discrimination; flightsafety; passenger; wot
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1 posted on 01/16/2007 6:43:20 AM PST by Ellesu
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To: Ellesu

This jury needs to be hung for stupidity.


2 posted on 01/16/2007 6:44:07 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Ellesu

Here we go. More capitulation to the Muslims.


3 posted on 01/16/2007 6:46:46 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: Peach

Where does it say he's muslim?


4 posted on 01/16/2007 6:47:38 AM PST by Nevernow ("No one has the right to choose to do what is wrong." Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Ellesu

Excessive award.

Max payment should have been 3 times the price of the ticket.


5 posted on 01/16/2007 6:47:41 AM PST by taxcontrol
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To: Always Right

Even IF this guy was unfairly detained and refused a flight, $400,000 is a ludicrous amount of money to pay for something like this!


6 posted on 01/16/2007 6:48:43 AM PST by Elyse (I refuse to feed the crocodile.)
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To: Ellesu

I wish American would pull me from the queue and hassle me $400,000 worth. It never happens, though. Even when I forget and bring a big bottle of shampoo with me. Damn.


7 posted on 01/16/2007 6:49:09 AM PST by Fairview
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To: Ellesu

Another super example of everyone's apparent right to be outraged...and get paid for it.

Figures that some screwed up jury of nitwits in MA would render such a verdict and award.

Sheesh. The jurors were probably jealous.

Remember my new motto for the Bay State: "No outrage is too small; no tax is too big; and no sacrifice is necessary."


8 posted on 01/16/2007 6:50:31 AM PST by RexBeach (In war there is no substitute for victory. - Douglas MacArthur)
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To: Nevernow

They thought he was Middle Eastern or with the men who they (mistakenly) thought were Middle Eastern. How much longer before every Muslim denied a flight will file lawsuits and bankrupt the airlines? Not much longer.


9 posted on 01/16/2007 6:52:07 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: Ellesu
After a six-day trial in US District Court in Boston, jurors on Friday found that American Airlines discriminated against Cerqueira because of race or national origin, and ordered it to pay him $130,000 in compensatory damages and $270,000 in punitive damages.

I wish I could hit the jackpot like this guy. I think it's wrong and out of line with the "crime", but if them's the rules it would be great to pony up to the trough. Of course it couldn't happen for me since I'm of the race that no discrimination can't be taken against.

10 posted on 01/16/2007 6:53:35 AM PST by subterfuge (Today, Tolerance =greatest virtue;Hypocrisy=worst character defect; Discrimination =worst atrocity)
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To: taxcontrol

Not that low but maybe 10K...


11 posted on 01/16/2007 6:55:57 AM PST by N3WBI3 ("Help me out here guys: What do you do with someone who wont put up or shut up?" - N3WBI3)
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To: Peach

Ah, okay. Yeah, it'll happen. But I'd certainly hope that once a passanger was cleared, the airline would let the passanger on...


12 posted on 01/16/2007 6:57:38 AM PST by Nevernow ("No one has the right to choose to do what is wrong." Abraham Lincoln)
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To: taxcontrol
Max payment should have been 3 times the price of the ticket.

That's all he's getting anyway after attorney fees.

13 posted on 01/16/2007 6:58:58 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Ellesu

American airlines screwed up. The police questioned the guy for 2 hours, cleared him, and the other 2 by the way who were Israelis, and still the airline wouldn't board him. Sometimes the business involved in these cases really is wrong. In any case the award will be reduced on appeal. The guy will probably wind up with much less than this jury award.


14 posted on 01/16/2007 7:00:30 AM PST by saganite (Billions and billions and billions-------and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: Always Right; Peach

Huh? I would have hoped he got more. The airline got off lightly. You just don't treat folks like that.

PERIOD!


15 posted on 01/16/2007 7:02:36 AM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: Elyse
Even IF this guy was unfairly detained and refused a flight, $400,000 is a ludicrous amount of money to pay for something like this!

Nope. Personally I think at least 1 million would have given them a deserved wakeup call.

16 posted on 01/16/2007 7:04:39 AM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: Ellesu
Let's add this up......
$400,000 dollars awarded
Pilots without control of who rides the planes
Equals
moose with missions to gain money and intelligence
regarding security being lessened.

A terrible can of worms to open, but now the lid is off the can.

17 posted on 01/16/2007 7:07:45 AM PST by From One - Many (Trust the Old Media At Your Own Risk)
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To: Ellesu; Always Right; Peach; Nevernow; taxcontrol; Elyse; Fairview; RexBeach; subterfuge; N3WBI3; ..
FYI - if you looked up a little about this guy, you'd see another reason for him to be po'd...

He was in the North Tower on the 81st floor when it was struck - he and a coworker helped a woman in a wheelchair down 68 floors.

Link to USA Today story
18 posted on 01/16/2007 7:09:03 AM PST by eraser2005
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To: Ellesu
"I'm grateful to the jury for sending the message to American Airlines that just the use of the word security isn't an excuse for unlawful behavior."

Should be, "I'm grateful to the jury for stealing $200k for me and $200k for my lawyers from AA."

19 posted on 01/16/2007 7:09:58 AM PST by jammer
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To: Ellesu

And in a related thread this morning on FR, while 'security' is supposed to be such a paramount concern of the federal government and the airlines, it was reported that over *3700* TSA badges and uniforms have gone missing, and are unaccounted for.

Maybe they'll show up in the Norman Mineta Secure Skies Memorial Museum one day.


20 posted on 01/16/2007 7:10:48 AM PST by mkjessup
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To: eraser2005

Oop - just caught one possible error - same name, same employer - but the stories differ on age....

So it **could** be the same guy....


21 posted on 01/16/2007 7:10:53 AM PST by eraser2005
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To: RadioAstronomer

How's your vette coming?


22 posted on 01/16/2007 7:11:03 AM PST by saganite (Billions and billions and billions-------and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: eraser2005
FYI - if you looked up a little about this guy, you'd see another reason for him to be po'd...

I understand why he is po'd, but to send a message to airlines that you can't kick off people who act suspiciously sends a message to terrorists that it is once again open season on airlines.

23 posted on 01/16/2007 7:11:32 AM PST by Always Right
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To: eraser2005

I can understand him being ticked but unless you're Bill Gates missing a plane *cant* cost you nearly that much..


24 posted on 01/16/2007 7:11:55 AM PST by N3WBI3 ("Help me out here guys: What do you do with someone who wont put up or shut up?" - N3WBI3)
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To: All
And just how much did the slimy lawyer get?

Fare increases, coming to a neighborhood near you.
25 posted on 01/16/2007 7:12:36 AM PST by excalibur1701
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To: Peach

They can start their own airline. It would be great. I am sure someone could build a commercial drone. They could fly unharrassed, yet they couldn't kill us because they are fanatical idiots. It is a win-win scenario!


26 posted on 01/16/2007 7:12:48 AM PST by WV Mountain Mama (2007 resolution: learn how to rail a berm.)
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To: saganite

Being upgraded. :-)

Adding a supercharger. 550 RWHP is my goal. :-)


27 posted on 01/16/2007 7:13:08 AM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: Ellesu

After reading the article, this guy deserves the award he got. He was detained and interrogated for 2 hours for simply accidentally being next to the suspicious passengers. After he was cleared by the police, who even told him that he was unfortunate to have been next to these two, he should have been allowed on the flight. American Airlines was clearly in the wrong, but persisted in denying him travel home. AA should have been hit with a bigger verdict, IMHO. I am shocked that so many people here have this knee-jerk reaction that this was some kind of muslim-placating court decision when that was completely irrelevant to the case! Read the article. This was an innocent American citizen who was denied flying for no justifiable reason! People on that flight probably thought he was a terrorism suspect and he will have to live people thinking that of him. By denying him a seat on that flight, the airline simply confirmed what people on that flight were thinking - he's a bad guy. That's wrong.


28 posted on 01/16/2007 7:14:27 AM PST by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what an Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: RadioAstronomer

Scary! ;^)


29 posted on 01/16/2007 7:15:05 AM PST by saganite (Billions and billions and billions-------and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: eraser2005
FYI - if you looked up a little about this guy, you'd see another reason for him to be po'd... He was in the North Tower on the 81st floor when it was struck - he and a coworker helped a woman in a wheelchair down 68 floors.

So what? I don't see what that has to do with anything.

30 posted on 01/16/2007 7:16:43 AM PST by Elyse (I refuse to feed the crocodile.)
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To: Always Right

In what way did he act suspiciously? Unless of course sitting next to Middle Eastern looking folks (who happened to be Israeli) is suspicious in your book.


31 posted on 01/16/2007 7:17:54 AM PST by saganite (Billions and billions and billions-------and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: Always Right
I understand why he is po'd, but to send a message to airlines that you can't kick off people who act suspiciously sends a message to terrorists that it is once again open season on airlines.

Read the article. He was not acting suspiciously. He was sitting next to the people who were. So you think it is OK to get booted from a flight because of who sits next to you? Then everyone will make the mistake you did. You will be labeled suspicious. Simple guilt by association. SO what if you never met those sitting next to you. You are just a s guilty as them because you are sitting next to them!

32 posted on 01/16/2007 7:18:14 AM PST by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what an Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: eraser2005

said John Cerqueira , 39,

man in your article posted was 22 y/o.


33 posted on 01/16/2007 7:19:27 AM PST by Ellesu
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To: Nevernow

Keep doubting it will happen. Apparently you haven't heard how the UK is spending millions of dollars to change which way the toilets in prison face. The Muslim prisoners were upset that so many toilets faced Mecca.


34 posted on 01/16/2007 7:19:59 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: Elyse

It doesn't.

The Airline was wrong IMHO and I would sue their asses off if it had been me.

Like I said, I think the award should have been larger.


35 posted on 01/16/2007 7:20:44 AM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: Elyse

It doesn't.

The Airline was wrong IMHO and I would sue their asses off if it had been me.

Like I said, I think the award should have been larger.


36 posted on 01/16/2007 7:20:45 AM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: doc30
I am shocked that so many people here have this knee-jerk reaction that this was some kind of muslim-placating court decision when that was completely irrelevant to the case!

My response is not a knee-jerk reaction that this was some kind of muslim-placating court decision. I think that this guy deserves some kind of compensation and I'm sure that AA tried to settle this out of court for a much smaller sum. NOONE deserves $400,000 for being detained for two hours and refused a flight! It's ridiculous!

37 posted on 01/16/2007 7:21:58 AM PST by Elyse (I refuse to feed the crocodile.)
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To: saganite

hehe! I love my Vette. I already added 14" crossdrilled and slotted rotors to all four wheels, a CAI intake, Ceramic tunnel plate, carbon driveshaft, black chrome wheels, SS catback, etc.

After the supercharger, I an going to beef-up the rear end with hardened steel splines and shafts. (It is already a limited slip diff). May also have the heads custom polished and rebuilt with SS and titanium. :-)

Lasty, I am thinking of putting 220/220 stealth cam in her.


38 posted on 01/16/2007 7:28:02 AM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: Ellesu

I am both insulted and in awe of how stupid this is.
Profiling is the single most effective means to protect our country with the resources available.
Taking this tool away is surrendering to the enemy.


39 posted on 01/16/2007 7:29:44 AM PST by BuffaloJack
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To: RadioAstronomer
You just don't treat folks like that.

PERIOD!

I've been treated badly by businesses in the past, and have made subsequent purchasing decisions with those incidents in mind.

It has never occurred to me to sue the company.

I guess I don't have a sufficient level of "outrage" to be an appropriately modern man.

40 posted on 01/16/2007 7:30:43 AM PST by Trailerpark Badass
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To: RadioAstronomer
Like I said, I think the award should have been larger

You think so? I bet you will also be the loudest person complaining when the price of your airline tickets double because of stupid judgements like this against airlines.

41 posted on 01/16/2007 7:31:49 AM PST by Elyse (I refuse to feed the crocodile.)
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To: RadioAstronomer

Sounds like a launch vehicle. Let me know what it looks like from altitude! LOL


42 posted on 01/16/2007 7:32:04 AM PST by saganite (Billions and billions and billions-------and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: Ellesu

Did he lose a $400,000 deal because of the missed flight?

Award seems excessive.


43 posted on 01/16/2007 7:32:50 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Elyse

Since I don't fly American, I doubt it. LOL!

(I do have OVER 300K miles in my United bank)

So indeed I am in the air often. At one time I was flying at the minimum of twice/week.


44 posted on 01/16/2007 7:35:19 AM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: RadioAstronomer

Typical jury insanity. Juries believe they can just conjure up money out of the thin air. This guy deserved a day's pay and that is about it.


45 posted on 01/16/2007 7:35:33 AM PST by justshutupandtakeit (If you believe ANYTHING in the Treason Media you are a fool.)
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To: Trailerpark Badass

I get tossed of a flight like this? It's jury time.


46 posted on 01/16/2007 7:36:12 AM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: justshutupandtakeit

Do you know this? Is he on a "no-fly-list" now? Will he get hassled for life? Did he lose money because of delay?

Nope. I think the jury did ok.


47 posted on 01/16/2007 7:37:49 AM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: Elyse

It's more than just being detained. It's the damage to one's reputation. Everyone at that gate and on that flight thinks the guy might be a terrorist. That is significant harm to one's character and reputation. $400K is a fair price to pay for ignoring the fact he was cleared of any suspicion by the police. He was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Plus, in most our of court settlements, the airline would not have to admit to wrongdoing. When ruled against by the courts, the airline was proven to have committed wrongdoing against this passenger.


48 posted on 01/16/2007 7:44:06 AM PST by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what an Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: eraser2005
Good find. The guy put his life on the line to help someone else; I don;t think he needs or deserves shabby treatment from an airline.
49 posted on 01/16/2007 7:44:11 AM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: RadioAstronomer

What year is it?

I'm trying to sell my 69 right now but winter is a hard time to sell a roadster.


50 posted on 01/16/2007 7:47:06 AM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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