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Flight Attendants Face a New Safety Threat: Angry Passengers

by Howard Ankin on

The increasing number of in-flight injuries caused by angry passengers is a growing concern. Over the past year, flight attendants and passengers have suffered serious injuries due to angry, out-of-control passengers who take...more

Drone Collides with Commercial Jet in Quebec City

On October 12, 2017, a drone collided with a commercial aircraft while it was approaching Jean Lesage International Airport, in Quebec City. This is the first time that a drone has hit a commercial plane in Canada, according...more

SDNY — Passenger Dropping Bag on Another Passenger While Boarding an ‘Accident’ Under Montreal Convention, Creating Strict...

by Lane Powell PC on

It is a common scenario on today’s ever more packed flights — dozens of passengers are boarding a commercial flight with large roller bags, hunting for overhead bin space and lifting their bags over the heads of the...more

DC Circuit — FAA Must Provide Reasoned Basis for Accepting That

by Lane Powell PC on

Does the ever-decreasing size of airline seating make you fed up? It certainly seems to do so to Judge Millet, who penned this opening paragraph in Flyers Rights Education Fund v. F.A.A., – F.3d – (2017 WL 3202638) (D.C. Cir....more

Lawsuit Over MH370 Not Likely to Survive Long

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

On March 4, 2017, roughly three years since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared, a suit was filed in South Carolina on behalf of the estates and next of kin of over 40 of the presumably deceased passengers against the...more

January 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

January was a busy month for independent contractor misclassification – and IC compliance. In addition to Lowe’s $2.85 million settlement with installers whom it classified as ICs, Lufthansa agreed to pay $1.1 million in...more

New Turbulence App May Prevent In-Flight Injuries

by Howard Ankin on

US aircraft experience 65,000 incidences of moderate to severe turbulence each year. Turbulence-related injuries range from minor cuts and bruises to fractures, broken bones, and serious spinal and head injuries. A flight...more

Aviation emissions – new global deal looks likely

by Dentons on

Government officials are negotiating a market-based mechanism to reduce emissions in the international aviation industry. Ministers from over 190 countries have gathered at the International Civil Aviation Organization’s...more

Is Air Travel Still Safe?

by Howard Ankin on

With so many airline crashes in the news, one has to wonder if it’s safe to fly anymore. Despite the threat of terrorist attacks, bombs and mid-air explosions, the International Air Transport Association assures passengers...more

EPA Determines that Aircraft Emissions Contribute to Air Pollution and Climate Change

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Synopsis: EPA’s recent finding paves the way for the Agency to develop standards regulating greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft. Businesses in the commercial jet manufacturing and aviation transportation industry should...more

Transformational FAA Proposal Taxis for Takeoff

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act of 2016 (“AIRR Act”) introduced by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) would reshape the U.S. air traffic control (ATC)...more

Aviation & Aerospace and Surface Transportation Quarterly Newsletter

by Buchalter on

In This Issue: - Update on Developments in California Drone Law - One Community Gets Relief from Aircraft Noise - California Once Again Relinquishes Clean Air Act Enforcement Responsibility to the...more

An Update on FAA Regulatory Revisions, DOT and FAA Enforcement Actions, and Other Aviation-Related Regulatory Matters

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update provides an overview of recent FAA regulatory initiatives involving crew pairing, alcohol and drug testing rates, the use of aviation fuel taxes by airports and...more

Drones: A Bird’s-Eye View of the (Non-Privacy) Legal Landscape for UAS

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

A recent near midair collision between U.S. Airways Flight 4650, a CRJ-200 jet with a 50- passenger capacity, and a drone has (deservedly) sparked a flurry of commentary regarding safe drone operation. This near miss, which...more

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