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Sorry to hear about your misfortune, but you do not have a right of recovery against the airport and its operators. There is no requirement that U.S. airports have cameras on every escalator or staff to shut down escalators if someone falls. In order for you to have a right of recovery, the airport would have had to have been negligent. Negligence in the U.S. is duty plus breach of duty, causation and harm. Here, the airport has a duty to passengers to take reasonable care to keep its premises safe. It does not sound from your story that the airport breached that duty. Your fiance bound up the down escalator. This is clearly misusing the escalator and is the cause of all the damages that followed. In the U.S. in the law we call it the "but for" or proximate cause of the damages. But for your fiance doing that, you would not have turned to put your hand on his abandoned carry all, and you would not have fallen. The airport was not to blame for your accident, so you have no right of recovery against the airport. Sorry.
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