AA wins appeal against TSA over $30 million JFK T-8 grant


Jan 5, 2003
AA modified the T8 plans to include an inline baggage screening system at the urging of the TSA. AA sought reimbursement for the expense and TSA rejected AA's request.

AMR Corp.’s American Airlines won a federal appeals court ruling over a $30 million Transportation Security Administration grant it sought for a baggage-security system at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington today said the TSA improperly rejected American’s request for reimbursement for the system, which was put in place at the New York airport after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The three-judge panel ordered to agency to reconsider its decision.

The agency acted “arbitrarily and capriciously” in denying the airline’s request “without providing a sufficient rationale on the record for doing so,” Judge David Sentelle wrote in the opinion.


Always a good day when the TSA loses in court.