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Wrongful Death: Family of 9/11 Victim Claims Security Screeners at Logan International Airport Did Poor Job

A hearing over the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of United Airlines Flight 175 passenger Mark Bavis is scheduled for this week in federal court. The Bavis family’s complaint is the last unresolved wrongful death case over the 911 terrorist attacks.

Bavis was one of the passengers aboard the United flight when terrorists flew the plane into one of the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001. According to court documents that have just been released and were obtained by the Boston Herald, Bavis’ loved ones are claiming that the security screeners at the Boston international airport didn’t even know how to identify Mace and that some of them had such a hard time speaking English that they couldn’t do a proper job of screening passengers.

The plaintiffs want to know how 10 terrorists were able to get through Logan to hijack United 175 and American Airlines Flight 11 . Also, they are claiming that the general manager for the security company that was manning the gate was not aware that a federal alert had been put out warning that Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network were targeting US passenger jets.

The majority of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks have either settled out of court through a congressional fund established for loved ones that has paid over $7 billion or with the resolution of their wrongful death complaints, which have resulted in about $500 million in settlement compensation.

The Bavis family have refused to settle their wrongful death case outside of court. They want to prove that United and other defendants were grossly negligent in letting the hijackers get on the plane. Boeing and the security company that ran the checkpoint at Logan International Airport on September 11, 2001 are two of the other defendants.

Massachusetts Premises Liability
If inadequate security or other acts of negligence caused you or a loved one to get hurt at an airport, you may have reason to file a Boston premises liability case. If you believe that someone working for or affiliated with the airport could have prevented an accident that took place in the air from happening, you may have grounds for a Boston injury case.

Suit: 9/11 Logan screeners ‘unaware’, Boston Herald, June 21, 2011
Among 9/11 Families, a Last Holdout Remains, New York Times, September 10, 2010
September 11 Victim’s Family Files Wrongful Death Suit, WCVB TV Boston, June 21, 2011

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