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American Airlines BIPA Claims Pending In Court, Plaintiffs Imploring Judge To Allow Proceedings 

American Airlines customers have argued that their personal biometric information was illegally collected and kept by the airline company and wants an Illinois court to allow legal proceedings to push through.

Complainants Kislov And Hearn Sue Airline 

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According to recent online reports, the American Airlines BIPA Class Action Lawsuit may see the approval of legal proceedings in a Cook County, Illinois court. Filed by the duo Niko Hearn and Alex Kislov, the class action is accusing the airline company American Airlines of violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

This comes after American Airlines allegedly gathered personal biometric information from their customers without following the strict guidelines mandated by the BIPA law. 

Kislov and Hearn claimed that American Airlines had made transgressions of the law when it allegedly collected, kept, and processed customer voice data from their customer support hotline service. 

Not only did American Airlines did that, the pair detailed that the company also did not release any information regarding the biometric data retention and destruction schedule to the affected clients – all of which were strictly dictated by the Illinois BIPA.

American Airlines BIPA Class Action Lawsuit: Changes Then, Now, And In The Future 

The American Airlines BIPA Class Action has already seen many changes along the way since its original filing in 2017. The first iteration of the suit claimed that American Airlines’ requirement of using a company-wide fingerprint scanning system for timekeeping was violating provisions of the Illinois BIPA.

But the judge handling the case released a ruling deciding that the claims were essentially preempted for one of the plaintiffs was a member of a union workers’ group. 

However, the plaintiffs then changed the information in their filing as to which as it is now today. 

As of press time, American Airlines is asking the court to preempt the pending legal proceedings involving the newest round of claims arguing that the federal law gives airlines the protection from enforcement of state laws. 

This is an ongoing case, and Consider The Consumer will continue to report on the developments as soon as they are made available to the public. 

About American Airlines 

American Airlines, also known as AA or AAL, is one of the major airline companies in the United States. The company offers a plethora of services ranging from providing passenger air routes to delivering cargo via air to several points in the world. American Airlines headquarters is situated in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Editor’s Note on American Airlines BIPA Class Action Lawsuit: 

This report details the latest class-action lawsuit against American Airlines pending in an Illinois court waiting for a judge’s approval for its allegations to be heard in a proper trial.

Case Name(s) & No.(s): Alex Kislov & Niko Hearn v. American Airlines Inc.; Case No.: 1:17-c-v09080

Jurisdiction: United States District Court for the District of Illinois, Eastern Division

Products/Services Involved: Customers’ private data & BIPA

Allegation(s): American Airlines illegally collected, stored, and used the personal biometric data of its customers when they called in the company’s customer service hotline. 

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