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Why can’t local police investigate my airport injury ?

According to air travel attorney Doug Landau, this local Wincheter Poiice car wold not be allowed on the Dulles Airport Air Operations Area to investigate an accidental injury
According to air travel attorney Doug Landau, this local Wincheter Poiice car wold not be allowed on the Dulles Airport Air Operations Area (IAD AOA) to investigate an accidental injury case

Local police cannot investigate airport injury cases that take place in “sterile areas” or the AOA because of Federal rules and regulations. Dulles area airport injury lawyer Doug Landau explains what these terms mean and why they are important to air travel accident cases.

What is a “sterile area” at an airport ? Is it really clean ? Does it have an autoclave ? No, it is simply the area from the security checkpoints back to the gates, jets, tarmac and midfield terminals. It is the part of the airport AFTER you get in line to be checked by TSA Personnel. Local police are normally not allowed to investigate accidents, crimes or other incidents in this special area. The Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) controls Continue reading

Airport Injury Cases are Different

The unusual vehicles and "pecking order" at the Airport makes for unique issues that require an experienced lawyer for airline and air travel accdent cases
The unusual vehicles and "pecking order" at Airports make for unique issues that require an experienced airport injury lawyer for airline and air travel accident cases

Anyone who tells you otherwise does not know what they are talking about ! The major airports throughout the United States have special rules, unique protections and protocols that we will explore in future posts. Even a “simple” slip and fall case where a passenger is injured while trying to board an aircraft is subject to special rules. The local police are not even allowed on the tarmac to investigate.

For example, at Reagan National Airport (“DCA”) or Dulles International Airport (“IAD”) outside of Washington, D.C., only the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (“MWAA”) are allowed on the “Air Operations Area” (“AOA”), as this ground is controlled by the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”). The MWAA police may then be investigating a co-worker who is also in the employment of Dulles or National Airport ! Many people may believe this to be a clear “conflict of interest” and unfair to the travelling public.

That is why it is so important to engage legal counsel experienced in these kinds of unique cases, investigate these incidents quickly and preserve the evidence before it is destroyed, lost or recorded over. If you or someone you know or care for has been injured as the result of an accident at an airport or due to an airline’s unsafe decisions, and there are questions about what laws apply and how to seek reimbursement for all harms and losses, e-mail or call us at ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. (703-796-9555) at once.