USA: Airline Liable for Death from Lost Baggage

The United States Court of Appeals upheld a lower Federal Court’s ruling against American Airlines. The airline forced an elderly woman to check her bag along with necessary medical devices.The airline lost her checked items. The victim died at age 65 after flying from Los Angeles to Guyana in 1997. It is thought that this is the first case to ever hold an airline liable for the death of a passenger caused by delay or missing baggage.The lower court had ruled that the airlines were responsible for a “willful misconduct” death. The District Court concluded that the seizure of the victim’s bag proximately caused her death.Source:; read full article here.

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