Sydney, Jan 28: A passenger who was arrested after partially undressing as part of an airport protest in the US is a step closer to winning a 250,000 dollars lawsuit over the incident.
Aaron Tobey was not wearing his shirt at a Richmond airport checkpoint in the US in 2010 to protest security procedures, he did not want to go through the ‘naked’ body-scanners.
According to the Herald Sun, he had written part of the US Constitution’s Fourth Amendment on his chest with a magic marker, which read: “Amendment 4: The right of the people to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated”.
He claimed he was handcuffed and detained for about 90 minutes by Transportation Security Administration officials.
A disorderly conduct charge against him was dropped two weeks after the incident, and he decided to sue.
The case has now been sent to trial by a court of appeal, reversing an earlier lower court judge decision.
Judge Roger Gregory said that Tobey was engaged in a silent, peaceful protest using the text of the country’s Constitution, adding that he was well within the ambit of First Amendment protections.
The lawsuit alleged wrongful detention and, according to the suit, while under interrogation, the authorities wanted to know ‘about his affiliation with, or knowledge of, any terrorist organisations, if he had been asked to do what he did by any third party, and what his intentions and goals were’, the report added. (ANI)