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European Commission: Member States still need to strengthen enforcement of air passenger rights

The European Commission has published today a review of passenger rights' complaint handling and enforcement in the European air transport sector between 2010 and 2012. The review shows that complaints to national authorities for compensation and assistance have returned to lower levels since the exceptional year 2010 (ash cloud crisis, snow disruptions). Also, airlines get sanctioned in only 1% of the cases as most of the complaints are settled without having to resort to such measures in order to ensure enforcement.

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German Court: air carrier liable for allergic reaction to hot towel

In a recent judgement the Oberlandesgericht Frankfurt am Main held that an air carrier was liable for a passenger's allergic reaction to the hot towels distributed during the flight. In October 2010, the plaintiff traveled on a fligth from India to Germany. She told one of the flight attendants that the hot towels could cause an allergic reaction of her body and asked not to distribute these towels during the flight. Despite this request, the towels were distributed and the plaintiff suffered from a respiatory distress which required immediate medical treatment after landing.

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ICAO: Tokyo Convention amended by new Protocol

On 4 April 2014, an International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) conference in Montreal adopted a Protocol to amend the Convention on Offences and Certain Other Acts Committed On Board Aircraft 1963 (Tokyo Convention). The Protocol will come into force when 22 member states ratify the instrument.

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Waiver & Release Agreements Barred in Virginia but Still Very Useful for Travel Companies

Since the 19th Century, Virginia courts have maintained that waiver and release agreements for personal injuries violate public policy and are, therefore, prohibited in the Commonwealth.

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Waiver & Release Agreements Barred in Virginia but Still Very Useful for Travel Companies

Since the 19th Century, Virginia courts have maintained that waiver and release agreements for personal injuries violate public policy and are, therefore, prohibited in the Commonwealth.

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U.S. Supreme Court: Frequent flier claim preempted by Airline Deregulation Act

Northwest terminated Rabbi S. Binyomin Ginsberg’s membership in its frequent flyer program, apparently based on a provision in the fre­quent flyer agreement that gave Northwest sole discretion to deter­mine whether a participant had abused the program. Rabbi Ginsberg filed a suit, asserting, that Northwest had breached its contract by revoking his membership status without valid cause and had violated the duty of good faith and fair dealing because it terminated his membership in a way that contravened his reasonable expectations.

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IFTTA Law Review 1-2014 available online

The latest edition of the IFTTA Law Review is available in the Members' Section of the webiste. It contains an essay by Josep M. Bech Serrat from Girona, providing an overview of the proposal for a new Package Travel Directive.

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German Supreme Court (BGH) asks CJEU for preliminary ruling in air ticket pricing case

According to Article 23(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008 on common rules for the operation of air services in the Community, air fares and air rates available to the general public shall include the applicable conditions when offered or published in any form, including on the Internet, for air services from an airport located in the territory of a Member State to which the Treaty applies.

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CJEU: a Member State must not require an air carrier licensed in another Member State to obtain permission to enter its airspace

International Jet Management, an airline company with its seat in Austria, operated private flights from Moscow and Ankara to Germany without having the authorisation, required by the German legislation, to enter German airspace. In criminal proceedings against International Jet Management, the German Apellate Court (Oberlandesgericht Braunschweig) filed a request for preliminary ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

In its judgement of March 18, 2014, the Grand Chamber of the Court came to the following conclusion:

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