The Supreme Court is considering a lawsuit that was filed by a pilot who was removed from a flight after failing a flight simulator test, NBC News reports.
The pilot, William Hoeper, sued his employer, regional airline Air Wisconsin, after the company had him taken off a flight when he became agitated about his test results, according to the report.
Hoeper argued that he was unfairly targeted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at the behest of airline employees who did not like him.
Hoeper told the network that he was accused by TSA workers of having a gun.
“I was shocked," he said. "The first thing that was out of the (TSA) agent's mouth was, 'Have you been fired today? Where's your gun?' "
Air Wisconsin said it was attempting to protect the safety of its other passengers when it had Hoeper removed from his flight.
"These reports are being made to TSA and other reasonable air safety officials for the purpose of passenger safety and aviation security. And TSA tells the airlines, if you have any doubt, report. If you see something, say something,” a lawyer for the airline,” Jonathan Cohn, a lawyer representing Air Wisconsin, said according to the report.
The Supreme Court is expected to issue a final ruling in the case next June.