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USA: House approves European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act

On October 24, 2011, the United States House of Representatives approved H.R. 2594, the “European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act". If passed by the Senate and signed by the President, the bill would force the Department of Transportation to bar U.S. airline operators from complying with the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

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Florida: Miami Federal District Court denies preliminary injunction to be reinstated as hotel operator

Excerpt from the court's opinion:

One of the Plaintiffs, FHR TB, LLC (“Fairmont”), manages hotels as the agent for the owners of the hotels. The other Plaintiff, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts (U.S.) Inc. (“FHRUSI”), owns Fairmont. Both Plaintiffs seek a preliminary injunction reinstating Fairmont as the manager of Defendant’s hotel in Aventura, Florida. Defendant, TB Isle Resort, LP (“Turnberry”) built and operated the hotel in the 1970s , later repurchasing it and contracting with Fairmont to manage it on a long-term basis, under a hotel management agreement (“HMA”).

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USA: proposed bill to require travel websites to list health risks of travel destinations

A proposed Senate bill would require online travel-service providers to provide detailed information about the health and safety services provided at each advertised destination. The bill would also require website operators to display pertinent Department of State travel warnings on each destination.

The bill would require website operators to request that on-site information if it is not readily available, and if no information is provided, they would have to say specifically.

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USA: airline's motion for summary judgement in trip and fall case denied

When the plaintiff made his way to join a line of passengers at the gate at Schiphol airport for boarding a KLM flight, he tripped over a low lying metal bar similar in color to the floor and fell.  The plaintiff alleged in his complaint that he sustained a fractured elbow as a result of the fall and that, under the Montreal Convention, KLM was liable for USD 3 million in damages.

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USA: DOT fines Orbitz for violating price advertising rules

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on Oct. 17, 2011 fined the online ticket agent Orbitz USD 60,000 for violating federal aviation laws and the Department’s rules prohibiting deceptive price advertising in air travel. For a period of time in early 2011, Orbitz’s homepage displayed advertisements that did not provide any information on additional taxes and fees.

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USA: DOT fines Virgin Atlantic for deceptive online advertising

The U.S. Department of Transportation has fined Virgin Atlantic USD 50,000 for deceptive online advertising. The DOT said that Virgin Atlantic displayed air fares, but without government taxes and fees. To see taxes and fees, consumers had to scroll down to the bottom of the page to read the fine print.

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USA: Travel Association and ATA support new Visa legislation

The U.S. Travel Association (USTA) and the Air Transport Association of America (ATA) are supporting new legislation just introduced by Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.), H.R. 3039, the "Welcoming Business Travelers and Tourists to America Act of 2011" that would address problems with the U.S. visa system that are currently discouraging international visitors from doing business and traveling here.

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USA: DOT to require airlines to make their websites and kiosks accessible to disabled travelers

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed a regulation that would require airlines to make their websites accessible to individuals with disabilities and ensure that their ticket agents do the same.  DOT also proposed that airlines make automated airport kiosks at U.S. airports accessible to passengers with disabilities. U.S.

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USA: DOT fines JetBlue for deceptive pricing

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) fined JetBlue Airways USD 50,000 for violating federal aviation laws and the Department’s rules prohibiting deceptive price advertising in air travel.

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USA: new airline passenger protection rules took effect Aug. 23

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) said new consumer protections for airline passengers are now effect starting Aug. 23. The new rules include

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