By Thomas Phippen
A disgruntled traveler is suing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for long security lines he claims caused him to miss his scheduled flight.
Hooman Nikizad is seeking $506.85 to cover the cost of the replacement flight, additional ground transportation and the $75 fee to file the lawsuit, according to court documents reported by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Nikizad said he arrived at the Twin Cities Airport two hours before his scheduled flight to Los Angeles and waited in line at the security checkpoint for over 90 minutes. His scheduled flight was delayed by nine minutes, but he still was unable to make it to his gate on time.
“I had to buy a ticket with another airline to be able to make my destination and meet my obligations,” Nikizad said in his lawsuit, filed in federal court last week. He claims the TSA had “only one body scanner for the regular security line [in operation].” (RELATED: TSA Touts Golden Grenade As Evidence They Actually Don’t Suck)
TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers told the Star-Tribune she had “never encountered anything similar” to Nikizad’s lawsuit.
The TSA has come under considerable criticism for long lines and failure to detect dangerous objects in undercover investigations last year.