Since the terror attacks on the Twin Towers, airport safety has become a high priority. Homeland Security as well as the TSA who have not only stepped up security, but are continuing to improve methods to keep the people on planes safe from harm.
But what about security on the tarmac? What are they doing to ensure that people who accidentally find themselves on the runway are safe from harm?
This is a question a North Carolina family is asking the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport as well as US Airways this month. After their son was killed in 2010 after becoming trapped in the wheel well of a plane, the family decided to take action against the airline that should have done more to prevent this catastrophic accident.
According to reports, the deceased teen, a 16-year-old boy, had run away from home on November 14, 2010. Investigators believe that he somehow got onto the tarmac at the airport then got into the wheel well of a flight headed to Boston. Reports indicate that “his body was discovered in a Boston suburb a day later so badly damaged that an autopsy could not determine the cause of death.”
The surviving family members have now filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, the airport and the airline stating that they “should have done more to prevent [the teen] from getting onto the tarmac and into the wheel well of the plane.” They are currently accusing all three parties of negligence and are seeking monetary compensation in excess of $10,000 from their workers comp lawyers.