Post # 1
I came across this article about a lawsuit: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/milton/2011/01/family_plans_legal_action_in_t.html
And the gist of it is:
“The family of a teenager who authorities said hid in the wheel well of an airplane in North Carolina before falling from the sky over Milton has hired a Florida law firm to pursue legal claims in his death, the firm said yesterday….”
““We intend to seek justice for a child who, although culpable for making irresponsible and immature decisions representative of his age, should never have successfully gained access to that airplane. Had airport security been up to par, he would be alive and well with his family today.’’”
Though tradgic, this lawsuit does not make ANY sense to me. This kid knew exactly what he was doing and that he wasn’t supposed to be doing it. How can this blame be shifted to security. Doesn’t anyone take responsibiltiy for their own actions anymore?? Am I the only only on that thinks this way? Or am I just not seeing the other side of this?
Post # 3
I remember this story and it was sad… and it still is. But some things can never be “safe enough.” Just like terrorism, a way WILL be found. It’s sad but I don’t think it’s the right course of action.
Post # 4
I hate ridiculous lawsuits where people try to take blame and shift it to a totally blameless party. IMO, this qualifies as one of those.
Post # 5
Oof. No, that sounds to me like a tiresome waste of time and money. My charitable take on these sorts of things is that the family is probably just lashing out in their grief.
Post # 6
Sounds like somebody can’t come to terms with what their child did…
Post # 7
it does seem like a silly lawsuit. Their only claim (that I can think of right now) is that the airport and/or airplane security was unreasonable under the circumstances. I don’t really know how successful the suit will be, however. It doesn’t seem to me that it is at all foreseeable that a person would climb into the wing of an airplane.
Post # 8
How old was the child? (Sorry, I didn’t click on the link). If the child was a child and not a teenager (as a teenager would really really know better), I would have to agree with the lawsuit. Security is there for a reason. They did not do their job. I would be furious (after grieving of course) with them.
Post # 9
Yah, it’s silly.
But what really concerns me about this story is how the hell did he got on there to begin with? If a teenager can do it, why can’t a terrorist with a whole load of bombs?
Post # 10
@KateByDesign: totally agree with that!! Security needs to do a better job of watching out for people who shouldn’t be there, but I don’t think they should be to blame for his death.
Post # 11
Well.. I see thier point, but it does sound slightly nutty. I mean.. you can’t childproof the whole world so at some point the parents need to take responsbility for their childs actions. I personally think the bigger issue is the security threat.. I’m not up to speed on the story, but it’s really scary that a child was able to sneak onto a plane like this..
Post # 12
The airport security was definitely lax if he got that far out. The case will force airports to tighten security even more. Instead of a stupid teenager, it could’ve been a bomb planted. They need to find their loopholes. If they are not out of millions of dollars, it won’t really motivate them to do anything about their lacklustre security. Also I don’t believe those millions should go to the family. They should be an airport fine.
Post # 13
i rarely understand these types of death lawsuits, but they almost always result in payouts.
Post # 14
“…although culpable for making irresponsible and immature decisions representative of his age…”
Raise your hand if you were stupid enough as a teenager to think climbing into an airplane wheel well was a good idea.
Anybody? Anybody? Bueller? That’s what I thought. That kid deserves a Darwin Award.
That said, the fact that security on the ground is lax enough for the kid to get to into the wheel well without being noticed in the first place IS a bit strange. But in my opinion that’s for the airport to look into themselves, not for the family to sue them for.
But then, these are the days when a robber can break into a house, hurt himself in the process, sue the owner, and win. So sadly, they probably stand a good chance of profiting off their son’s idiocy.
Post # 15
There are many similar cases to this. If there are clear and reasonable signs that say “KEEP OUT” or “DANGER” and if there is a fence stopping kids from gettin in then the family will lose the case. But if there is a breach in security then they do have a case. Law doesnt always make sense in the traditional sense of it. Otherwise how come Mcdonalds lost the case to the customer to bought their food daily and ended up with some type of obesity related illness.
Post # 16
he was 16, the quote says it all, :“We intend to seek justice for a child who, although culpable for making irresponsible and immature decisions representative of his age, should never have successfully gained access to that airplane. Had airport security been up to par, he would be alive and well with his family today.’’
It also says, “a TSA spokeswoman, said yesterday that the agency could not comment because Tisdale’s relatives now have a lawyer and the agency does not comment on pending litigation”
So, it’s not just his parents? Or not even his parents?
Chestnut also said that the family had been asked by unidentified public officials to hold off announcing the launch of a civil investigation until air travel had ended for the Rev. Martin Luther King holiday.
“While we agreed with authorities’ request to hold off on announcing this case until after the busy holiday travel season to avoid inciting public outrage, panic, and possible logistical concerns during this critical period for the airline industry,’’ Chestnut said, “it’s now time this story be told and all facets of it explored — including the considerable ominous implications to our national security at large.’’ .
Um, MLK isn’t exactly Christmas or thanksgiving… or even Labor Day as far as travel is concerned. Schools and government are the only people who typically have off these days… I really hope race isn’t being played into this because the teen was AA. And just as feared…. be prepared to loose even more rights when you fly if this succeeds…
Not a fan. Oh, and the step-sister told authorities he ran away from home when it was still a missing person case….
That being said, this IS NOT the first incident where someone has climbed into a wheel well… and I don’t think anyone has yet to survive… If they were really so concerned about national security they would sue for a fix (i.e some kind of lock placed with the wheel blocks that seals off the well….) not money.