Monday, September 11, 2006

'Path to 9/11' May Result in Legal Action

American Airlines is looking into filing a defamation suit against Disney/ABC over a scene in the fake-umentary mini-series Path to 9/11. The scene shows American Airlines' check-in people at Boston's Logan Airport letting Mohammad Atta board a flight in spite of a warning coming up on a computer screen, and the American check-in supervisor apparently ignoring the concerns of another staffer. The incident never happened. Well, it did, but not the way Disney/ABC shows it. According to The 9/11 Commission Report, the incident occurred at the Portland, Maine airport, and the airline was US Airways Express. American Airlines notified Disney/ABC of the error prior to the showing last night. The scene evidently also appears in tonight's conclusion.

Disney/ABC apparently did cut a few controversial scenes from the program, but left many in. The company cannot argue it did not know it was defaming American Airlines. Disney/ABC could lose big.