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    Is the city, airport or airline at fault for this boy sneaking into the wheel well of a plane and then falling off?

    The family of a teen who fell from the wheel well of a jet in a Boston suburb two years ago is suing Charlotte, Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and US Airways.

    The family of 16-year-old Delvonte Tisdale says negligence by the city, the airport and the airline caused the teen to fall from a Boeing 737 to his death.

    The lawsuit filed in Charlotte says the city, the airport and the airline should have done more to prevent Tisdale from getting onto the tarmac and into the wheel well of the plane. It seeks damages in excess of $10,000.

    "The city remains saddened by the death of Delvonte Tisdale and wishes to express sympathy for his family. However, I don?t see how the city or the airport could or should be held legally liable for Mr. Tisdale's decisions and actions," city attorney Bob Hagemann said in a statement in response to the lawsuit.

    The teen ran away from home on Nov. 14, 2010, authorities said. His body was found in a Boston suburb a day later so badly damaged that an autopsy could not determine the cause of death.

    Authorities said Tisdale apparently made it onto the airport tarmac and climbed into the wheel well of a Boston-bound jet.

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg police conducted a security review, and in April released a report saying the airport police force was inadequate to properly monitor the airport.

    The airport says it already has implemented some of the security recommendations.

    Earlier this month, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police announced that airport police would be merged into the larger agency and the department would probably add more officers to beef up airport security.

    "There was no way to deny that that incident was a catalyst for a lot of discussions and concerns," said Kerr Putney, deputy Charlotte-Mecklenburg police chief.
    Read more: Family of teen who fell from wheel well of jet sues US Airways, others | Fox News
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    I really do wish people could accept that some things are just tragic accidents, or simply the responsibility of the victim and no one else, at least not to the extent that they should be sued.

    When someone does something that ultimately leads to their death, there are many people along the way that could say "had i done this differently, he/she might not have died" While that may be true...i just think liability is getting out of control.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post
    I really do wish people could accept that some things are just tragic accidents, or simply the responsibility of the victim and no one else, at least not to the extent that they should be sued.

    When someone does something that ultimately leads to their death, there are many people along the way that could say "had i done this differently, he/she might not have died" While that may be true...i just think liability is getting out of control.
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    I agree with Kim as well.

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    I'm not so sure.
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg police conducted a security review, and in April released a report saying the airport police force was inadequate to properly monitor the airport.
    I need more details to fully make a decision, but this quote jumped out at me. It's an airport. How did all of this happen? If this young man had installed an explosive devise on the plane, would we be saying he was just stupid and it's not anyone else's fault he had access to a plane? Or would those families have legitimate lawsuits because the airport wasn't properly monitored?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ethanwinfield View Post
    I'm not so sure.


    I need more details to fully make a decision, but this quote jumped out at me. It's an airport. How did all of this happen? If this young man had installed an explosive devise on the plane, would we be saying he was just stupid and it's not anyone else's fault he had access to a plane? Or would those families have legitimate lawsuits because the airport wasn't properly monitored?
    That is a whole different lawsuit. Those families would be innocent parties, he was not. It the young man installed an explosive devise on the plane should his family be able to sue that he got blown up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    That is a whole different lawsuit. Those families would be innocent parties, he was not. It the young man installed an explosive devise on the plane should his family be able to sue that he got blown up?
    See I still don't know...it's a breach in security resulting in a death. This is serious business that he was even able to get as far as he did. I need more information on it.

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    This kid ran away from home so I think the parents are looking for someone to blame for his death, that is, someone besides themselves. If this was a little kid who had wandered away from his parents at the airport, and ended up falling from a wheel well over Boston, then I think they would have a case. This was a teenager looking for an escape one way or another. I don't really care that the airport police was found after the fact to maybe not be working at the best level, although I hope that gets fixed so this airport doesn't become a terrorist target. The fact is that it's pretty much common sense to NOT climb into the wheel well of an airplane. You could fall out. You could be crushed by the mechanism. You could freeze to death when the airplane gets to altitude. We can only do so much to protect people from their own stupidity or suicide wishes.
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    I get what you were saying, but no one else was hurt in this case. This kid hurt himself. He could have done that climbing a tree in a public park. Really, I think the lawsuit is excessive. I'm not saying you can't find any legal case for lawsuit, i'm just saying I don't agree with pursuing it. Maybe he shouldn't have been there, but it just seems a bit much to me to suggest that they were responsible for him accidentally falling.

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