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ATG NEWS RELEASE: Angry passenger’s lawsuit against Honolulu airport dismissed

Posted on Jun 17, 2016 in Latest Department News

HONOLULU – A federal judge in California this week dismissed on jurisdictional grounds a lawsuit brought by a California resident over a 2014 incident at the Honolulu International Airport, Attorney General Doug Chin announced.

Justin Ngo was waiting in the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) line at the Honolulu Airport while children behind him were playing and bumping into Ngo’s luggage.  When Ngo asked a TSA manager to detain the parents of the children, the TSA manager declined and instead airport police officers interviewed Ngo for an hour before escorting him to his flight home to California.  Ngo then sued the federal government, the Honolulu Airport and State of Hawaii employees for harassment, negligence and emotional distress, among other claims.

In dismissing Ngo’s claims against Hawaii, the Court stated that the “mere fact that Ngo was about to fly home to California” failed to establish the Court’s jurisdiction over this matter.

Attorney General Chin said, “When standing in the TSA security line, it’s best to just keep calm.”

A copy of the Order is here.

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Joshua A. Wisch

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