As bed bugs have infested hotels across the country, the Federal Government is convening a second national bed bug summit on February 1 and 2, 2011. The goal for this summit is to review the current bed bug problem and identify and prioritize further actions to address the problem.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Aviation Enforcement Office provided guidance to airlines and ticket agents about the requirement for notifying passengers if a flight they are selling is being operated under a code-sharing arrangement.
American Airlines (AA) filed a lawsuit in in Tarrant County Court, Texas, against Sabre. The lawsuit alleges that Sabre was biasing AA's services in all Sabre flight displays and thus violated the agreements between AA and Sabre and harmed AA, the travel agent community, and the traveling public.
Plaintiff went with her son to the American Airlines terminal at JFK airport, New York, to take a flight to the Dominican Republic. After she checked her baggage she went to the security checkpoint. She presented her passport to a TSA employee at the checkpoint, but before going through the metal detector, plaintiff tripped over the upturned corner of a rug and fell forward, her arms, forehead and knees striking the floor. After the fall, American employees and TSA personnel helped her into a chair, rolled up the rug and put it in a corner.
Air France agreed to pay a $100,000 penalty to the Department of Transportation (DOT) for improperly advising passengers that it was not responsible for valuable or fragile items in checked baggage. The disclaimer was in claer contradiction to the Montreal Convention, which prohibits airlines from denying liability for "any class or category" or items in checked baggage on international flights.
In Travelport, LP v. American Airlines, Inc., the Circuit Court of Cook County,Chicago ruled in American Airlines’ favor, denying Travelport’s request for a preliminary injunction against AA and its efforts to pull its fares from Orbitz, an online travel agency of which Travelport is a part owner.
On September 29, 2003, a group of Egyptian businessmen, their wives and a Brazilian fiancée, boarded Alaska Airlines Flight 694 in Vancouver, British Columbia.The nine plaintiffs took up all but three of the first class seats. According to an American passenger who sat next ot one of the plaintiffs, the flight attendants treated the Egyptians badly. She saw no sign that any person in the first class section was drunk, nor did she observe any misconduct of any kind on the part of the passengers.
Some U.S. travel Web sites were found to have violated federal law by not identifying which airline is operating a flight for which they're selling tickets. The new law says that information must be displayed "in a format that is easily visible to a viewer". But seven of the 10 travel websites that Buffalo News surveyed did not make it immediately clear to consumers that a regional airline was handling flights for the major carriers.
Representatives of the United States and Brazil have agreed to implement an Open-Skies aviation regime, which will significantly liberalize U.S.-Brazil air services for airlines of both countries over a transition period by removing restrictions on pricing and on the routes between each country that can be served by U.S. and Brazilian scheduled and charter airlines. The agreement also provides immediately for full codeshare rights and additional charter flexibility.
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) acknowledged that it had yet to levy any penalties in any of the dozen cases since May involving tarmac delays of at least three hours. Some investigations have been closed because they occurred under circumstances excepted by the tarmac delay rule, such as instances involving safety, security or air traffic control operations issues.