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Airport Liability

Screening Partnership Program

The following text is from the liability law concerning the Screening Partnership Program.


SEC. 547. SECURITY SCREENING OPT-OUT PROGRAM. Section 44920 of title 49, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

(g) OPERATOR OF AIRPORT- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an operator of an airport shall not be liable for any claims for damages filed in State or Federal court (including a claim for compensatory, punitive, contributory, or indemnity damages) relating to--

(1) such airport operator's decision to submit an application to the Secretary of Homeland Security under subsection (a) or section 44919 or such airport operator's decision not to submit an application; and

(2) any act of negligence, gross negligence, or intentional wrongdoing       by--

(A) a qualified private screening company or any of its employees in any case in which the qualified private screening company is acting under a contract entered into with the Secretary of Homeland Security or the Secretary's designee; or

(B) employees of the Federal Government providing passenger and property security screening services at the airport.

(3) Nothing in this section shall relieve any airport operator from liability for its own acts or omissions related to its security responsibilities, nor except as may be provided by the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002 shall it relieve any qualified private screening company or its employees from any liability related to its own acts of negligence, gross negligence, or intentional wrongdoing.'.


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Latest revision: 10 June 2013