Commercial Airline Law

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The commercial airline industry is one of the largest in the world. The industry guidelines determine what the legal options are when a flight is cancelled or delayed, when a minor can fly alone, and how an airline can distribute reward mile points.

  • ContentCausing a Disturbance on an Airplane - Is It a Crime?

    Causing a disturbance on an airplane is a federal crime if, while on an aircraft that last departed from, or is next scheduled to land in, the United States, the offender assaults or intimidates a flight crew member or flight attendant in a way that interferes with the performance of his or her normal duties, or if the offender attempts or conspires to do such an act.

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  • ContentMy Teenage Daughter Used Her Sister's Passport. Can I Sue the Airline for Negligence?

    Flights from one country to another require a passport that is checked by the airline to ensure the right person is traveling. However, if the airline does not perform the correct examination on the passport, someone other than the intended passenger may be boarding a plane.

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  • ContentRight to Fly with Points

    Flying with miles is an advantage for those that fly regularly and is often an option with credit cards, travel programs and other incentive programs. Travelers who fly with points have the potential to realize substantial savings. However, sometimes there are problems when the person wishing to redeem the points is unable to do so or if a flight is cancelled after using points.

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  • ContentThe Airline Canceled My Flight, Can I Sue for a Refund?

    After the recent slate of canceled flights resulting from unprecedented snowfall across the northern part of the United States, many passengers have found themselves stranded. This makes many passengers miss important events, lose deposits, or suffer other losses. As a result, many of these stranded passengers find themselves asking “if the airline cancels my flight, can I sue them?”

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  • ContentWhat Are My Legal Rights if My Flight Gets Canceled or Delayed?

    Air travel delays or cancellations are part of the flying experience, unfortunately. Though often unavoidable due to weather or other situations beyond the airline's control, the ones who usually suffer the most are the stranded passengers. So what are your rights if a flight is canceled or delayed?

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  • ContentWhen Can Kids Fly Alone?

    It is not uncommon, particularly around the holidays, for children to visit family members in other states. Sometimes this means taking a flight. But, for many families, it is just not financially feasible for a parent to accompany the child on the flight. So, what are the laws and rules regarding when children can fly alone?

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  • ContentWhy Can't I Use My Phone on a Flight?

    For years, frequent commuters have complained about the inability to use their electronic devices on planes. Several years ago, the restrictions relaxed somewhat, allowing the use of approved electronic devices while at cruising altitude, and a recent rule change will allow the use of electronic devices, even during takeoff and landing, in the near future. But, why were these things banned in the first place? Why can one still not make a phone call from their cell phone during a flight?

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