Nov 222012

A US federal judge has ruled that United Airlines is not responsible for a lapse in airport security during attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein has approved a request on Wednesday to dismiss negligence claims brought by Larry Silverstein, the leaseholder of World Trade Center 7, against United Airlines and its affiliates.

Silverstein argued that United Airlines mismanaged a security checkpoint at an airport in the US state of Maine, which allowed an American Airlines plane to takeoff from its runway and crash into one of the World Trade Center buildings.

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