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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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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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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 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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Do I lose my rights as a British citizen when I travel to an other country for tourism?

A friend of mine got detained at the airport in Jordan because his name matches a name of someone who has issues with the Jordanian authorities. My friend is British and he only was passing through ...
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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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Why are the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes being litigated in the US?

The current news is about the breach of Boeing's agreement with the US Justice Department which would otherwise grant them protection against criminal charges relating to the Lion Air and Ethiopian ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What if your cargo accidentally becomes a weapon while on a plane?

As far as I know, it is illegal for passengers to have weapons on a plane. Usually you need clearance to bring it as cargo as well. What if you accidentally make a weapon while on a plane? For ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Taking "wild animals" on a plane

last week I was in London for some sightseeing. In a park, I saw a lot of squirrels, and most of them were quite tame, came to other people, climbing on their trousers and ate out of their hands. I ...
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Are boarding deadlines indicated on an airline's website legally binding?

E.g. Air France lists boarding deadlines on its website: 15 minutes before the departure time, between Paris-Orly and metropolitan France destinations. 20 minutes before the departure time, for all ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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European Air Passenger rights - Must airline pay?

Short story: Air Berlin went on strike last October - we got home 15hours later - Air Berlin have said euro air passenger rights penalty/rewards are optional, they also said flight was cancelled due ...
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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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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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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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Is there any limit on how long a travel agent can take to book a flight?

When one purchase is a flight ticket via an online travel agent, the online travel agent may take some time to process the booking and send the actual ticket to the customer. Is there any limit on how ...
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Are airports allowed to charge whatever they like for 'drop-off' areas?

This question has been rumbling in my head for some time, but was prompted by an article about taxi drivers striking due to an airport surcharge on their passengers. I don't fly often but know those ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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