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Taiwan: Hong Kong Dragon Airlines accused of discrimination

A Taiwanese tourist accused Hong Kong Dragon Airlines of discrimination for letting Hong Kong passengers switch to a Cathay Pacific flight while denying her the same arrangement after her flight was grounded by tire problems on Oct. 20. Dragon Airlines said that it had not discriminated against any passenger but that the Hong Kong passengers were more eligible for transfer because they did not have checked baggage. The carrier said it will continue its current practice of allowing passengers with no checked baggage to switch planes in the future.

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European Commission updates airline black list

On Nov. 21, the European Commission has adopted today the eighteenth update of the list of airlines banned in the European Union.

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New EU-US agreement on PNR

The European Union and the United States have initialled a new agreement on the transfer of air passengers' data for flights from the EU to the US. If adopted by the European Parliament and EU Member States in the Council of Ministers, the new agreement on Passenger Name Records (PNR) will replace the current agreement from 2007, improving data protection whilst providing an efficient tool to fight serious transnational crime and terrorism.

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USA: DOT fines Spirit Airlines for deceptive price advertising

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

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European Union: new rules on the use of security scanners at European airports

The European Commission has adopted a proposal for an EU framework on security scanners. This legislation allows airports and Member States that wish to use security scanners for the screening of passengers to do so under strict operational and technical conditions. Member States and airports do not have an obligation to deploy security scanners, but if they decide to use them, they will have to comply with the operational conditions and performance standards set at European level such as or example that:

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European Union: new Directive on Consumer Rights published in Official Journal

The new Directive 2011/83/EU of the European Parliament and the Council of Oct. 25, 2011, on consumer rights, amending Council Directive 93/13/EEC and Directive 1999/44/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and repealing Council Directive 85/577/EEC and Directive 97/7/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council has been published in today's edition of the Official Journal of the European Union.

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IFTTA Europe Workshop Website Online!!!

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Having participated at many IFTTA Conferences and Workshops in the last years, and having enjoyed the hospitality of our colleagues and friends, we have now the honour to organize the 5th European IFTTA Workshop on Travel and Tourism Law.

The workshop takes place from 

April 17 - 20, 2012 in Rostock, Germany

The main topics are:

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Cruise conference - May 21-23, 2012

Cruise conference - May 21-23, 2012

Stenden University of Applied Sciences’ School of International Hospitality Management in Leeuwarden, Netherlands is calling for papers for its Fourth International Cruise Industry Conference.

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UK: OFT takes next procedural step in airline fuel surcharges case

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) issued a Statement of Objections to British Airways (BA) and Virgin Atlantic in its civil law investigation into alleged collusion over the pricing of passenger fuel surcharges for long-haul passenger flights to and from the UK between August 2004 and January 2006. Issuing a Statement of Objections is a necessary procedural step before the OFT can proceed to a final decision. The Statement of Objections outlines the OFT's proposed decision and invites the parties to make representations.

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USA: DOT issues first fine for tarmac delay rule violations

The U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) fined American Eagle Airlines USD 900,000 for lengthy tarmac delays that took place at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on May 29, 2011.