Due to the executive order by President Trump barring citizens from several countries from entering the USA for 90 days some legal questions have occurred.
One of them is: if it (legally binding) turns out that the executive order is an unlawful/illegal act, are there any claims for compensation possible? If yes: what kind of compensation would be possible (e.g. for the flight costs, for immaterial damage)? And against who will you file a lawsuit?
I hope that also your new administration will have a focus on delay compensation issues.
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Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband e.V.
Federation of German Consumer Organisations
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The Montreal Convention which covers claims for delay against passengers does not provide for compensation from governments.
The US government and other governments have sovereign immunity from civil suits unless there is a law which waives it. National security or immigration or visa regulations even if unfairly applied would not likely provide for a waiver.
That said if an airline were to provide misinformation to a passenger causing delay it might be liable for delay compensation IMO. Also if a dual citizen or legal US resident was unlawfully or unconstitutionally detained they might have rights under US civil rights laws. Travel insurance might in some cases provide for delay compensation.
FlyersRights.org is hoping to organize and host an international conference on airline passenger rights in June or July in Washington DC. The objective would be to train NGO representatives, government workers and attorneys who advise or represent travelers. We are looking for expressions of interest, cosponsors, and speakers.
In response to last week’s newsletter: No Overhead
The airlines should charge to put “carry ons” in overhead bins and not charge extra to “check” suitcases. It is a nightmare getting on planes now as everyone is fighting for overhead bin space, plus it slows down boarding. On top of that, I hate getting to my seat and finding that there is no bin space anywhere near my seat because someone has taken my real estate with all their stuff. Many times people are carrying on more than one bag (no one stops them) and cramming up the bins.
Airlines should charge one fee and allow a suitcase to be “booked” like it used to be.
D. L. Unger
I respectfully disagree with one statement in Mr. Hudson’s message. Denver International Airport, a completely new airport at the time it was built – not an overhaul or expansion, was opened Feb 28th, 1995. As of 2015, Denver is the 6th busiest airport in the US and 18th busiest in the world. I would ask that he consider amending his statement.
DIA was started in 1980 and took 15 years to
Build. The existing airport Stapleton was closed and plowed under
With a housing project constructed on the site,
So there could be no competition with the
New far away from town airport.
You should post a correction: President Trump is a builder, but only if it enriches himself. That vast majority of projects that bear his name got there by licensing, not building.
I have no illusions that this president will do anything for the public good.