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Is an airline required to compensate a damaged suitcase with money or can they give me a suitcase voucher?

An airline damaged my suitcase and gave me a suitcase voucher that I can redeem on their website. However I would like to get money instead. I know they have to reimburse me according to Montreal ...
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What law could Jack Sweeney have broken in automatically posting public flight information? [duplicate]

It is currently in the news that Taylor Swift is threatening Jack Sweeney with legal action over his use of publicly available data to track the take-offs and landings of planes belonging to the ...
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Airline not offering re-routing as per EU 261/2004

Context: My parents had a reservation for a flight made of 3 segments (all part of the same booking and sold by the same airline), the first one departing from within the EU and with a final ...
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EU flight compensation regulation and the choice of reimbursement (EC261 Article 8)

I am trying to understand the meaning of the regulation EC261 establishing common rules for compensation in the event of flight cancellation. My question concerns mostly Article 8 relating to ...
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Can meeting of the minds be premised on a dialog with an agent even though terms are accepted on a webpage?

Bob missed his flight from London Stansted, which he explained upon arriving at the airport to staff of an airline by its check in counter. The employee tells him his options for the order departures ...
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Are airlines only allowed to sell roundtrip tickets to individuals who want travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program?

Assume that the airline is amongst the Signatory Visa Waiver Program carriers (mirror). The Visa Waiver Program Carrier Agreement (CBP Form I-775) that such an airline must sign to be part of the ...
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Did any airline successfully sue a passenger for hidden city ticketing?

I sometimes see articles about airlines suing around for hidden city ticketing, e.g. see: An airline is suing a customer who skipped a leg of his flight to save money (mirror). Did any airline ...
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Is using hidden city ticketing a theft of service?

In some cases, A-B-C flights (from A to C with layover at B) cost less than a direct A-B flight with the same company. "Hidden city ticketing" is the practice of taking the cheaper A-B-C ...
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Annoying the TSA, Part II: Fake Contraband

Part I: Can you legally have an (unloaded) black powder revolver in your carry-on luggage? Say that a hypothetical person ("Juan Morales") has a large clear plastic bag of talcum powder in ...
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Can you legally have an (unloaded) black powder revolver in your carry-on luggage?

Part I of "Annoying the TSA" For good reason, U.S. law forbids people from carrying firearms on planes. However, last I checked, black powder "antique weapons" (such as cap-and-...
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Legal Recourse American Airlines Threw Me Off Flight [closed]

I was recently thrown off an American Airlines Flight under the pretext that my suitcase had contained a laptop (information I had ill-advisedly volunteered to the lady at the desk right before ...
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Is the China balloon breaking any laws?

There are news reports that China had sent a balloon over the USA. Some say it is reconnaissance and some say it is a weather balloon. Has China broken any US or international laws, such as spying or ...
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Does Elon Musk have any grounds for legal action against people who track his plane?

Most airplanes, including Elon Musk's private jet, are required by law to broadcast their location throughout a flight in a well-documented, unencrypted digital format called ADS-B. This system is a ...
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Are major online travel agencies violating CE 80/2009?

Many online travel agencies let you book a flight, but they offer only the lowest fare (for ex. Economy Light). On airline websites there often are higher fares (for ex. Economy Basic, Economy Basic ...
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Why, in the JIT's opinion, was it murder to mistakingly shoot down the Malaysian plane over Ukraine in 2014?

If the court adjudicated that they didn't shoot the MH17 plane on purpose (they thought, mistakenly, that it was a Ukrainian military aircraft), why did it find the defendants guilty of murder as ...
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Have any countries banned helicopters?

I was curious as to whether any countries had banned helicopters being flown within their air space? Whether this be people flying there for business purposes, flying domestically, or leaving the ...
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Selling a seat on a commerical arline flight

Suppose I am on a commercial airline flight. People are boarding. I am seated. A person comes up to me and asks "Would you mind changing seats with me so that I can sit next to my spouse?". ...
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How can I travel with a cancelled passport?

Say one day my passport is cancelled because I wrote "president s***s" on my Twitter a few years ago. I have only 1 citizenship. This would probably happen when I'm outside the country (A). ...
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Flight company cancelled flight and didn't provide alternative - should they refund my new (more expensive) ticket?

Through Opodo, I bought a flight ticket from Münster to Oslo on 8 July, via München. It was a Lufthansa flight. On 4 July Opodo e-mailed me that Lufthansa cancelled the flight. I should wait up to 48 ...
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Is the inability to bypass a duty free shopping area in UK airports a violation of the Equality Act?

In many airports in the United Kingdom, passengers are required to walk straight through a duty free shop (as in straight through it, not alongside its entrance) to get to the departure gates after ...
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Compensation over postponed and not cancelled flight

My flight got delayed twice and when we got onboard we have been told that it got postponed for the next day. That is total 18 hours. We have not gotten any confirmation email, there was no ...
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Is Ryanair verification fee illegal?

I have received an email from Ryanair asking me to pay a fee months after I booked my flight. As a result, I cannot see the booking or do anything with it in the official Ryanair page. The flight was ...
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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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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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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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