Massport wants out of lawsuit

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Massachusetts Port of Authority is asking to be released from a lawsuit filed on behalf of the estate of a Newton man who died in the 9-11 attacks.

The lawsuit was filed by Mary Bavis on behalf of her son, Mark, a 31 year old hockey scout who was killed when United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the World Trade Center's south tower.

The last remaining wrongful death suit stemming from the attacks, it claims the Massachusetts Port of Authority's failure to screen passengers played a key role in the disaster.

According to the Boston Globe, Massport has asked a federal judge in New York to be dismissed from the case because it says it was not responsible for airport security at the time.

Before 9/11 the airlines handled security, typically contracting it out.

The Bavis family claims that despite the common practice Massport was duty-bound under F-A-A regulations in place at the time to secure Logan Airport.

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