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Pellegrino v. Transportation Security Admin., 15-3047

Affirmed the dismissal of tort claims against the Transportation Safety Administration brought by a married couple after an airport screening, on the grounds that the claims were barred by sovereign immunity. While the Federal Tort Claims Act waives sovereign immunity for certain intentional torts committed by investigative or law enforcement officers, in addressing a question of first impression, the Third Circuit determined that TSA screeners do not fall into either category so no waiver applied.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2018/07/11

Judges

  • Krause

Court

  • United States Third Circuit

Counsel

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