These passengers were sued for making a big deal out the suspicious behavior of Muslim passengers. You think they'll be less reluctant to report suspicious behavior in the future? Or, anyone else in the same situation, for that matter?
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"I do not underestimate the ability of fanatical groups of terrorists to kill and destroy, but they do not threaten the life of the nation. Whether we would survive Hitler hung in the balance, but there is no doubt that we shall survive al-Qa'ida." -- Lord Hoffmann
The same scenario exists with these officers.
If they did report suspicious behaviour and that was found to be false, why would they suffer if they can prove that such suspicion was warrented in the first place?
We had very similar type situations back in my time as subversive groups tried to use our military for weapons training, tactics, explosive training etc. The first line of defence against that type of practice was the other soldiers in the batallion....?