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Trip and Fall on TSA Stanchion in Newark Airport Leads To Charge of Spoliation in SDNY

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 27 – Amy Ballis tripped and fell in Newark International Airport on July 23, 2018, at a TSA checkpoint. She tripped over a black metal bar attached to the bottom of two stanchions next to the x-ray machine. 

  The retractable nylon strap which would have made the stanchions more visible and effective were not in place. Ballis sued, and now complains that the TSA has destroying the evidence -- spoliation, she alleged. 

 On September 4 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Gregory H. Woods held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.    During the proceeding, shade was thrown at the contractor Ninety Five South Incorporated, and even at the manufacturer of the stanchions, which has not (yet) been sued.    

The videos of the incident have gone missing, or have been destroyed. The video, it was argued, shows that the night before a cleaning crew member unlatched the stanchion thus setting up the fall that was to happen. The request is for more motion practice.

The case is Ballis et al v. United States of America et al, 19-cv-5859 (Woods)


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