U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Air Wisconsin Pilot
The U.S. Supreme Court last week overturned the findings in a controversial security-based trial that initially found Air Wisconsin guilty of defamation after one of its managers in 2004 reported a pilot as unstable. The pilot claimed his ability to work in the aviation industry had been ruined based on the airline’s action. In 2004 the pilot failed a proficiency check and, after a number of arguments with management in which he became agitated, expected to be fired. He also happened to be a certified federal flight deck officer, which allowed him to carry a handgun and this worried the airline enough to contact the TSA. The highest court said the airline was within its rights to report what it considered to be suspicious behavior by a possibly armed person.