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IFTTA Law Review 3-2014 online

The IFTTA Law Review 3-2014 is now available online. It contains the second part of IFTTA's Submission to the UNWTO on the Draft Convention on the Protection of Tourists and Tourism Service Providers and an article by Andras Salamon on "New Interpretation of the Travel Contract in the current Civil Code of Hungary" . The journal can be downloaded from the members area.

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Singapore: new regulation on tourist guides

According to the Singapore Tourism Board Act which came into force Oct. 7, 2014, tourist guides have to be licenced by the Singapore Tourism Board. Licenced tourist guides receive a tourist guide badge. Actiing as a tourist guide without a valid  licence is regarded an offence with a penalty of up to S$5,000 for the first offence and and upt to S$10,000 for the second or any subsequent offence. Any use of the services of an unlicensed guide is also regarded an offence with the same fines.

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German Supreme Court regards Lufthansa's frequent flyer terms and conditions lawful

The Plaintiff was a participant of Lufthansa's frequent flyer programme ("Miles & More") terms and conditions of which state that  air tickets aquired under the programme must not be transferred to any third persons unless this person had a tight personal relationship to the participant. Nevertheless, the plaintiff booked air tickets on behalf of a third person who he had no personal relation to using his bonus "miles". Lufthansa therefore terminated plaintiff's participation in the programme and cancelled his HON Circle Member status.

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USA: new DOT web page on Passenger Cruise Ship Information

To assist cruise ship passengers, the U.S. Department of Transportation has set up a web page sharing information and resources provided by other Federal agencies. The information covers "Consumer Assistance", "Vessel Safety", "Cruise Line Incident Reporting Statistics" and "Criminal Activity Prevention and Response Guide (Security Guide)". The new web page is available at http://www.dot.gov/mission/safety/passenger-cruise-ship-information.

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Canada: denied boarding claim dismissed by Ontario Superior Court of Justice

The plaintiff booked a seven-day trip to Jamaica with WestJet. On September 18, 2011he was given a boarding pass for the outward flight when he presented his Canadian citizenship card at the airport. After a week in Jamica, he presented himself for boarding for the return flight but was denied baording because  he did not have a passport but only presented his Canadian driver's licence, health card and social insurance card. The plaintiff  protested, arguing that the citizenship card had been sufficient for him to travel to Jamaica.

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CJEU: passport cancelled - visa lives on

On 8 October 2010, an Indian citizen travelled from Moscow to Riga with Air Baltic. At the border control at Riga airport, he presented a valid Indian passport without a visa and a cancelled Indian passport to which a valid uniform visa issued by Italy was affixed. The Indian citizen was refused entry into Latvia on the ground that he did not have a valid visa. Moreover, the Latvian authorities imposed a fine of LVL 2 000 (approximately €2 850) on Air Baltic for transporting to Latvia a person without the travel documents necessary to cross the border.

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CJEU provides another clarification of the Air Passenger Rights Regulation (EC) 216/2004

In its judgement of today, the Court of the European Union (CJEU) held that the ‘arrival time’, which is used to determine the length of the delay to which passengers on a flight have been subject, corresponds to the time at which at least one of the doors of the aircraft is opened, the assumption being that, at that moment, the passengers are permitted to leave the aircraft.

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IFTTA Law Review 2-2014 available online

The IFTTA Law Review 2-2014 is now available online. It contains an article by Maria Goretti Sanches Lima on The Brazilian World Cup Statute and Part 1 of IFTTA's Submission to the UNWTO on the Draft Convention on the Protection of Tourists and Tourism Service Providers. The journal can be downloaded from the members area.

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USA: TSA announces tighter security measures at certain airports

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) directed the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to implement enhanced security measures in the coming days at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States. All electronic devices are screened by security officers. During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo additional screening.

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USA: court finds 'No Fly List' unconstitutional

A federal judge in Orgeon struck down as unconstitutional the government’s procedures for people on the No Fly List to challenge their inclusion.

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