Travel

Booking Holdings invests in China's Didi Chuxing

Didi Chuxing app. Photo: Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images

Bookings Holdings, the parent company of travel sites like Priceline and Kayak, has invested $500 million in Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing. The companies will also make each other's services available to their respective customers as part of the deal.

Why it matters: Accommodations is a natural extension of Didi Chuxing's ambitions to be more than a service for on-demand car rides, and fits with its ongoing global expansion beyond China.

Federal court rules TSA agents can't be sued for assault, false arrests

Travelers making their way through the Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint at the Denver International Airport. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images
Travelers making their way through the Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint at Denver International Airport. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

A federal appeals court in Philadelphia ruled on Wednesday that fliers have limited grounds to sue Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners because they are immune from being legally responsible for claims including assaults, false arrests, and abuse, reports the Washington Post.

The details: The 2-1 ruling came in response to a case brought by business consultant, Nadine Pellegrino. She and her husband sued for false arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution after a July 2006 altercation at Philadelphia International Airport. Even though screeners' badges and titles identify them as "officers," they aren’t qualified as "investigative or law enforcement officers" who could be held legally responsible for abuses under federal law, the ruling said. The court added that it's on Congress to decide whether to expand liability for abuses.