A hotel owner who provides his guests with internet access through a customarily secure and encrypted WLAN connection has no liabilty if the guests or third persons use the internet connection for copyright infringements, a German court recently decided: there is no obligation to examination on behalf of the hotel owner. (LG Frankfurt/Main 18.08.2010, 2-6 S 19/09).
Scandinavian budget carrier Norwegian has quietly started offering Row 44's in-flight high-speed Internet service to passengers on a single Boeing 737-800, becoming the first carrier to provide airborne broadband on European routes.
"We went live with our first Wi-Fi-enabled aircraft, LN-DYC, yesterday evening," Norwegian communications manager Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen confirms to ATI and Flightglobal.
"This aircraft is a test aircraft as we are officially launching the service on 8 February on another aircraft, LN-DYG with [the Boeing] SKY Interior."
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.
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.
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.
A New York State Supreme Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of online travel agencies, ASTA and the U.S. Tour Operators Association challenging the legality and constitutionality of New York’s amended hotel occupancy tax.
After months of lobbying from a discount website, the UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has started an investigation on whether some hotels have put pressure on third parties to raise their rates. Hotel rooms are often sold through websites at rates far lower than those offered by travel agents or the hotels themselves, because these websites operate on lower profit margins.
KwikChex, a U.K. reputation-management company is soliciting plaintiffs and financial support within the travel industry for a class action against TripAdvisor, alleging that the travel-review site’s unverified reviews can be false, defamatory and libelous. KwikChex claims "tens of thousands" of businesses have been negatively affected by TripAdvisor’s user-generated reviews. It has not disclosed how many companies have signed on for the lawsuit, nor has it estimated when it might actually take legal action against TripAdvisor.