German court regards 'automatic' inclusion of cancellation insurance to flight ticket price illegal

Michael Wukoschitz's picture

German Oberlandesgericht Jena recently held that it was an illegal trade practice to autmaticly include a cancellation insurance to the ticket price during the online booking process. Such practice would deceive the average consumer even if he had the option to avoid the inclusion of the insurance by unclicking the related tickbox. The deceptive practice would also violate EU Regulation 1008/2008 on on common rules for the operation of air services in the Community.

OLG Jena, judment 2 U 783/10 of April 6, 2011.

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