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Airport Security - advanced check, 4th amendment breach

The 4th amendment is irrelevant because you consented to being searched as a condition of passing through security - you don’t have to fly. You cannot revoke that consent once x-ray screening or metal ...
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Born on a plane

Skyborn are a known phenomenon. Country Citizenship? Generally, the kid automatically gets citizenship from his mom (and father) through bloodline, so our skyborn on that plane is likely that ...
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Why are the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes being litigated in the US?

The news article here refers back to a Deferred Prosecution Agreement from 2021, between the US Department of Justice and Boeing. The fresh statement from the DoJ is to the effect that if Boeing has ...
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Can you legally have an (unloaded) black powder revolver in your carry-on luggage?

The relevant regulations in 49 CFR 1540 refer to weapons, not firearms, and unless you are specifically permitted, you cannot carry a weapon in your carry-on luggage. The interpretation of "...
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Does Elon Musk have any grounds for legal action against people who track his plane?

Specifically, the threatened action is about stalking and implicit threats to his family. I'm not suggesting that there is a lot of merit to the claim, but that is how he is presenting the argument. ...
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Why are the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes being litigated in the US?

Why is the US Justice Department in a position to offer protection from prosecution to Boeing for events that occurred in Indonesia and Kenya? Because the prosecution concerns an alleged crime that ...
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Does Elon Musk have any grounds for legal action against people who track his plane?

To expand on @user6726's answer, and get into the legal specificities, since the only duty not to do this, really, arises generally out of those predominantly criminal statutes, a "legal action&...
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Can an airline forcibly remove a senior citizen who is wearing a soiled adult diaper?

It depends on what the Contract of Carriage says. Delta Airlines, for US contracts, says under rule 7 that Delta may refuse to transport any passenger, and may remove any passenger from its aircraft ...
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Airport Security - advanced check, 4th amendment breach

You have it backwards. The duty is yours, not to book connections that are too tight. (Or the airline if they book the itinerary). If you book a connection so tight that you have to be OJ Simpson (...
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Does Elon Musk have any grounds for legal action against people who track his plane?

Just as a clarification to your first sentence, ADSB is only required in certain airspaces and elevations. It is entirely possible and legal to fly private planes from coast to coast without ADSB, ...
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Can you legally have an (unloaded) black powder revolver in your carry-on luggage?

TSA considers Antique Firearms the same as any other Weapon, even unloaded ones. CFR 49 § 1540.111 Carriage of weapons, explosives, and incendiaries by individuals. (a) On an individual's person or ...
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Can you legally have an (unloaded) black powder revolver in your carry-on luggage?

Black powder guns are considered firearms, they are just treated differently than modern cartridge fed weapons under the sub-set "antique firearms". This category changes how the ATF ...
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Airport Security - advanced check, 4th amendment breach

The fourth amendment does not apply to TSA searches. Passengers consent to the search as a condition of being allowed to enter the secure area of the airport and to board the plane. A search done ...
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Airport Security - advanced check, 4th amendment breach

Searching someone based solely on their name is obviously illegal as per the 4th amendment...I need to transfer flights along this journey at airport B. Airport B decided to do an advanced search [...
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Can I object to a flight attendant praising TV characters for 5 minutes?

Do flight attendants have an unlimited leeway of forcing the passengers to listen to their gibberish that are completely unrelated to their duties? Pretty much, I'd say. It may not be a good ...
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Annoying the TSA, Part II: Fake Contraband

he was arrested despite technically not doing anything wrong He was arrested because there was probable cause to believe that he was involved in the commission of a felony. The arrest was legal even ...
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Why does airline benefits program advertising not violate truth-in-advertising laws?

Airline miles are pegged to the miles you fly For those airlines which still call their points miles (many don’t) you usually earn 1 mile for each full-fare economy nautical mile flown. More for ...
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Is using hidden city ticketing a theft of service?

No-show clauses in airline ticket contracts have been considered by the Tribunal Supremo (the Supreme Court) of Spain, in Judgement 631/2018; see section 6. Importantly, they applied EU legislation, ...
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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?

So far as I can see, no US law required an airline to demand written parental consent for a passenger aged 17 in 2004, nor does any law requires such consent now. A passport could probably have been ...
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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?

No As described, Bob and the agent clearly did not have anything like a meeting of the minds necessary to form a contract. In fact, the agent explicitly said they could not accept the booking. ...
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Will I be let into the US if I request a passport from a country in the Trump travel ban?

The newly-reinstated presidential proclamation says (Sec 3(b)) says The suspension of entry pursuant to section 2 of this proclamation shall not apply to: (i) any lawful permanent resident ...
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Destroying the TSA's equipment

Intentional sabotage of a TSA computer system is almost certainly a serious crime and would also almost surely give rise to civil liability, although you might avoid both if you warned the TSA that ...
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Why doesn't London airport's Lost Baggage policy conflict with Theft by Finding or other UK law?

A charge of Theft by Finding is unlikely to succeed, as by posting details of found property on the website Heathrow Airport have made a good faith attempt to find the owner. There might be some ...
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Can you buy rights to airspace in the US?

A property owner can give you an easement for the air rights of their property, which can allow you to put your own structure over their property or prevent them from putting a structure over their ...
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I committed a crime against the Weapons Act in Germany - Can I travel there?

As in most cases it depends on the details. The length of a blade (> 44mm and width > 10) is important and the circumstances. Assume a fine to something up to € 10000, but a sentence up to 3 years ...
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Is it legal for Turkish Airlines to refuse to refund a cancelled refundable-ticket purchased online?

Turkish airlines states its cancellation policies here – this is what appears to a person in the US, content in Nepal or elsewhere is anyone's guess. The possibility and cost of cancellation depends ...
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Is it legal for Turkish Airlines to refuse to refund a cancelled refundable-ticket purchased online?

You would need to read your contract A few points to note: International air tickets are subject to the law at the port of origin irrespective of the number of flights. So if your return flight ...
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Does Air France Cancellation policy violate EU 261/2004

Answering my own question after some more research (which I should have done in the first place). Yes, it's illegal both in the US and in the EU Many airlines do it anyway because they are desperate ...
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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?

Nothing you describe is illegal. Seventeen-year-olds travel alone by air all the time. Some airlines do not even offer their unaccompanied minor service to seventeen-year-olds. By the end of the ...
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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?

Did the airport/airline or the travel agent break the law? No. It's perfectly legal to sell an airline ticket to a 17 year old and it's perfectly legal for a 17 year old to travel internationally on ...
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