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What is the difference between ownership and exclusive sovereignty in terms of US land law?

Yesterday a Law YouTuber by the handle 'Lehto's Law' made a video titled "Yes, You Own the Airspace Over Your Property" in which he describes that indeed you do own the air over your ...
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Why does airline benefits program advertising not violate truth-in-advertising laws?

Advertising for airline customer loyalty programs frequently offers customers "miles" as a reward. For instance, Delta Airlines claims: Earn up to 50,000 bonus miles with the Delta SkyMiles®...
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Is it possible to make an appeal through Aviation ADR when the claim gets rejected the first time?

I filed a complaint and claim against an airline company with the Aviation ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution for Aviation in the EU) on March 15th and received an airline response on April 7th with ...
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What can an Air company do if they get constant, but false alarm threats?

In past week or two, there has been 3 flights from Belgrade (Serbia), to Moscow, who got anonymously tipped via Email, that there is a bomb planted on that aircraft. Every plane immediately made a ...
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Can an airline legally claim its tickets are feely changeable if their customer service can't be reached within some "reasonable" amount of time?

For my last vacation, I bought a flight ticket from an airline. The ticket was changeable without any fee. However, to change it, I had to call the airline's customer support and nobody was picking up ...
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What determines legally the "departure" from the US when you leave by plane?

Related to this question: https://travel.stackexchange.com/questions/171475/if-an-international-flight-is-turned-around-mid-air-do-the-passengers-have-to-p Entry to the US is quite well defined: once ...
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Can an airline forcibly remove a senior citizen who is wearing a soiled adult diaper?

I am curious to know if an airline has a legal right to forcibly remove a senior citizen from an airplane if it is discovered that this person is wearing a soiled adult diaper. Say for example that ...
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Is there any legal principle supporting the refund of plane tickets sold to non-existent person?

The names below have been changed to protect the guilty. Suppose John Smith goes online to buy plane tickets for himself and his wife, Jane Maiden Smith. Due to human error and browser autocomplete, ...
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Who ordered the masks in American airports?

I'm travelling recently for the first time in a while. I understand the scope of the mask orders: in the airports and on the planes. What confuses me is what authority ordered it and where does that ...
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Does a "temporary guardian" count as a "legal guardian" as mentioned in Proclamation 9984?

I'm a US citizen, and I want my young son's and newborn daughter's Chinese grandparents (without green cards) to be able to visit and take care of them in the near future. They don't speak English, so ...
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Mislabelled battery causes fire, is consumer at fault?

My brother and I have gotten into an argument about mislabeled batteries and airlines. Most airlines allow a max. of 100Wh/battery. Let's imagine I bought a battery that is misslabeled as 200Wh, but ...
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Taking large sum of dollars from the US to a country that is under economic sanctions

I am going to fly from one of the US airport to Iran (with a connection in Doha, Qatar). As you know Iran is not a normal country, as per its relation with the US. I am planning to take a relatively ...
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What international laws were broken by Belarus diverting a flight to arrest someone?

Belarus has been in the news for diverting a civilian airliner flying in their airspace (but not from or to Belarus) to arrest a prominent opposition activist. What laws were broken? My understanding ...
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Airline downgrade rights and compensation

Based on the close votes, I'm rephrasing the question to make it more general and less specific to my case How can one calculate compensation amount for a airline downgrade and what laws/rules etc. ...
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Was it legal in 2004 to sell a minor an airline ticket from the US to a foreign country without proof of parental consent?

Alone, when I was 17 (born 1987), I bought a ~$537 round-trip web/internet ticket (for a 2-week trip to Amsterdam by way of Germany) and returned at age 18. I did not have official parental consent, ...
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Born on a plane

Pregnant woman gets on a plane in Vancouver British Columbia Canada. Gives birth over Nebraska. Lands in Maryland. What state does the birth certificate say the child is born in, and is the time ...
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Suing an Airline Over lost luggage [closed]

I have been back and forth with this Arline company that lost my luggage back in 2015. They keep forwarding me to different people and asking for the same information over and over and never pay me. ...
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Are airlines in breach of contract by not complying with the law?

Under European law airlines have to refund the cost of a cancelled flight within 7 days. (Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 sets out common rules on compensation and assistance to passengers in the event of ...
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COVID-19 canceled flight, refund request rejected?

I booked two domestic Malaysia flights with AirAsia in March 2020 for a value of 288 MYR (from a Malaysian city to another Malaysian city, and back; their codes starting with AK), which the airline ...
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Can a company be both an airplane manufacturer and an airline?

It may be advantageous for a company that manufactures its own aircraft to also be an airline. For example, the airline business would likely have reduced maintenance and parts costs relative to other ...
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Do DOT and EU 261/2004 also apply to Expedia (or other OTA)?

Department of Transportation and EU regulations clearly state that the customer is entitled to cash refund in case the airline cancels a booked flight. Obviously many airlines at the moment are ...
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Does Air France Cancellation policy violate EU 261/2004

Related to https://travel.stackexchange.com/questions/155243/air-france-cancellation-policy-seems-to-violate-eu261 but this question is explicitly about legality as compared to "how to approach ...
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How do I find out if a company I want to claim against has a UK address

I intend to take Norwegian airlines to court to claim for unpaid compensation. This is NOT a question about whether I am entitled or not, I need to know to whom I should address the small claim. The ...
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Is it legal for Turkish Airlines to refuse to refund a cancelled refundable-ticket purchased online?

The issue Before coming to Turkish Airlines office I could refund both tickets online. After the simulation only one ticket was available, I directly ask for cancellation of the remaining ticket ...
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What determines the pertinent regulations on the sale of products and services to passengers in international flight?

I hope someone can help. I am conducting research and have been looking at the Chicago and Tokyo conventions with respect to which convention governs the sale of goods and services to passengers when ...
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Airport Security - advanced check, 4th amendment breach

I am a traveller, have a long Muslim name and I encounter frequent advanced searches at airports. Searching someone based solely on their name is obviously illegal as per the 4th amendment, but I ...
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Can airlines refuse boarding for complex itinerary involving two passports neither of which would be allowed alone?

Bob is the citizen of countries A and B. His passports are in different names. Both A and B are fine with dual citizenship but citizens of A need a visa to enter B, and vice versa. Bob books a flight ...
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What are the laws of the sky over land?

In the USA, some of the states gambling is illegal. River boats and cruise boats allow gambling because vessels in open water are subject to federal not state law. Applying this logic to aircraft, ...
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Is this airline violating the Montreal Convention?

According to the Montreal Convention, I can read the following: Article 17 - 2. The carrier liable for damage sustained in case of destruction or loss of, or of damage to, checked ...
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US domestic flight crosses into Canada - what is the legal situation?

It's common for US domestic flights to cross into Canadian or Mexican airspace. For example, a flight from Alaska to New York, Seattle to Boston, or Hawaii to Texas would likely cross into foreign ...
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Copa Airlines overbooking - delay compensation

Short story: we went to Peru on vacation with my wife (2 persons) we bought our tickets at AirFrance outbound flights (Budapest-Paris-Lima) operated by AirFrance were ok return flights were messed up ...
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Is there a limit to the liability an airline can impose on a passenger because of their behaviour?

There is a story in the news today about a woman being charged £85,000 after she caused a flight to be diverted due to her behaviour. I believe this is section 23.3 in Jet2's Conditions of Carriage. ...
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Can international competitors discuss pricing strategies?

Coming up soon is the annual World Low Cost Airlines Congress, drawing in low cost carriers from around the world year on year. Sessions will discuss business models, pricing strategies, revenue ...
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I committed a crime against the Weapons Act in Germany - Can I travel there?

I bought a butterfly knife in Poland (where it is legal) and had an overnight stop in Germany. I checked my bags out from the airport that night, then checked them back in the morning. The knife was ...
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Is EasyJet's website misleading and wrong regarding EU regulation 261?

Easyjet's website https://www.easyjet.com/en/help/contact says: "Apply for EC261 Compensation If your flight has been delayed by more than 3 hours on arrival or was cancelled within 14 days ...
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Why doesn't London airport's Lost Baggage policy conflict with Theft by Finding or other UK law?

I lost a bag whilst going through security on a recent flight through Heathrow Airport in London, UK. Since getting home I've been online to try and track the item and have discovered that their ...
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Can I object to a flight attendant praising TV characters for 5 minutes?

During a domestic flight, one of the flight attendants started making rather annoying praises of them being a fan of Disney and Mickey Mouse, Mickey Mouse' birthday, and asking whether anyone was ...
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Passport requirements for travel between a US territory and a US state

I am trying to find out what US law says about foreign travelers flying between US territories and the "mainland." For example, flying from Guam to Hawaii or from Puerto Rico to Florida. 8 ...
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Is it legal for RyanAir to restrict free check-in to only 48h-2h before the flight?

Any legal basis for a complaint to a EU consumer defense organism about the new Ryan Air regulation restricting free on-line check-in window to only 48h-2h before the flight? It is clearly an abject ...
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After passing security, is it legal to give your boarding pass to someone else?

After passing security, is it legal to give your boarding pass to someone else?
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Can you buy rights to airspace in the US?

Say I am an astrophysicist setting up a location for an experiment involving measuring electromagnetic field strength from the ground. I can buy loads of land in the Mountain or Midwest regions of the ...
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Transit in United States on C1/D visa

I have a C1/D visa. I will be going to Mexico and the transit of the U.S. is 17.05 hours. In this case they will let me rest in a hotel?
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Can you escape a contract if a business mistreated its other customers?

My dad with severe mental illness bought an airline ticket. The airline then maltreated passengers, which caused him to choose to not fly the return leg. Is the airline obligated to return half of his ...
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Could United's upgrade policy be legally interpreted as gambling?

United provides Global Premier Upgrades (GPU) to frequent fliers that can be used to upgrade one leg of a flight by one class, e.g., economy to business. However, for international flights, the ...
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If a misdemeanor crime happens on a plane, where is the jurisdiction?

If a misdemeanor crime happens during a plane flight, where is the jurisdiction? For example, suppose a plane is flying from New York to California and while the plane is flying over Idaho, one ...
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Will I be let into the US if I request a passport from a country in the Trump travel ban?

I currently hold a permanent resident status in the US and planned on traveling internationally in next couple of months. Since I need a visa to enter to the country I am traveling to, I would have to ...
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Destroying the TSA's equipment

So let's say that you were detained by the TSA on your way out of the US. They demand your phone password and you give it too them. Now when they attempt to plug your phone, you phone breaks their ...
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In Alabama, USA can someone 18 years old get on a plane without parents permission?

My son, who will turn 18 this month said he wants to meet a girl he met online who lives in Indonesia. I said no, because even though he'll be 18 soon he is definitely no adult enough yet to travel to ...
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Is there a time limit for airline's responses to compensation requests?

I have been on a KLM flight from Prague to Amsterdam, with a connection to Portland. Due to refueling issues on KLM's side in Amsterdam, my plane from Prague to Amsterdam got delayed by 2 hours, ...
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Did United have the right, under its Contract of Carriage, to remove a boarded passenger?

I recently watched a short Youtube video where a copyright lawyer (thus, not his area of expertise) was discussing the United Airlines incident where they had a passenger removed by force when he ...
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