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Ninth Circuit Holds Airline Deregulation Act Does Not Bar Putative Class Action Claims to Recover $15 Baggage Fees

by Lane Powell PC on

Airlines work hard to make sure passengers’ checked baggage arrives on time, but that’s not always possible. Traditionally, the federal Airline Deregulation Act preempts state laws “related to a price, route, or service of an...more

Congress Should Resist Legislating in Reaction to United Airlines’ Recent Passenger Bumping Incident

by Cozen O'Connor on

The recent forced removal of a United Airlines passenger by airport security officers from a flight at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to make room for the airline’s employees has prompted calls in Congress for...more

United’s Crisis Mismanagement and Corporate Culture

by Michael Volkov on

We were all aghast at the spectacle on the United Airlines last week when a customer was dragged off a plane when he refused to give up his seat because of an overbooking. No one can underestimate the power of real-time video...more

The Answers to Some of Your Questions About What Airlines Can Do When a Flight is Overbooked and Someone Is Going to Have to Get...

Suddenly, the entire world is interested in learning about the laws governing airlines’ actions when a flight is overbooked. It isn’t every day that the entire world suddenly wants to learn all about something that you’ve...more

March 2017 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s tentative award of Mexico City slots, DHS/TSA’s prohibitions on the in-cabin carriage of certain personal electronic devices on nonstop flights to...more

Trump Administration Could Ratify Montreal Protocol 2014 Addressing Unruly Airline Passengers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Unruly passenger incidents on commercial aircraft are an endemic problem for the airline industry. Such incidents threaten the safety and security of all on board, disrupt operations and result in significant economic losses...more

December 2016 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s proposed rule on the use of cell phones to make voice calls on commercial flights, the results of DOT’s negotiated rulemaking on accessible...more

Competition Law: U.S. DOT Issues Request for Information Regarding Potentially Unfair Business Practices

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, the White House and the United States Department of Transportation (DOT or the “Department”) announced a suite of actions to enhance protections for consumers who travel by air. While almost all...more

U.S. DOT Issues New Air Travel Consumer Protection Rulemaking Initiatives

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced a new round of consumer protection-related rulemaking initiatives affecting U.S. and foreign airlines, ticket agents, and air travel consumers. As part of these...more

Automated People Mover at LAX – Submittal Instructions Issued for Operating System Suppliers

by Nossaman LLP on

On April 18, 2016, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) reached an initial milestone in its Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) by issuing instructions for how automated people mover operating system suppliers can...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - December 2015

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update includes looming revisions to the Visa Waiver Program, DOT’s plans for an additional round of new regulations on disabled passenger-related issues, the FAA’s new...more

Data Privacy and Passenger Name Records - MEPs Approve EU Rules With Data Protection Safeguards

by Locke Lord LLP on

Draft EU rules on sharing and protecting Passenger Name Record (PNR) data of people flying to or from the EU, were approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on 15 July 2015. Once passed into law, this data will be collected...more

Eastern District of Pa. Again Recognizes Montreal Convention Exclusively Governs Claims

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: Until there is appellate resolution of the preemptive effect of the Montreal Convention, airlines sued in state court over damages allegedly arising during the course of international transportation should...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: No Remedy For Travel Delays Under EU 261 In The U.S.

by Locke Lord LLP on

Unexpected delays are one of the inherent risks of travel. Mindful of the impact of such events, regulators in the EU promulgated a scheme of compensation available to travelers affected by substantial delays, to be paid by...more

An Update on DOT’s Passenger Protection Rulemaking #3, NextGen, Ebola, Drones, Enforcement Actions, Security Fees and Other...

by Cozen O'Connor on

Department of Transportation: Regulatory - Comments Filed on DOT’s Passenger Protection #3 Rulemaking: U.S. and foreign airlines, airline associations, airports, consumer groups, on-line travel agencies,...more

Unruly Passengers Beware: ICAO Delivers Montreal Protocol 2014 to Enhance Enforcement Measures Against Unruly Passengers

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

This month the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) officially adopted a Protocol to amend the Tokyo Convention on offenses committed on aircrafts. The culmination of a four-year effort to modernize the Tokyo...more

NY State Appellate Court Sides with Airlines, Dismisses Tarmac Delay-Related Claims

The Second Department in Biscone v. JetBlue Airways Corporation recently dismissed airline passengers’ tort claims against an airline based on the failure to provide food, water and facilities during an 11-hour tarmac delay,...more

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