Court declines to dismiss complaint in passenger heart attack case

Watts v. American Airlines, Inc. (S.D. Ind. Oct. 10, 2007).  During a flight from Japan to Chicago in 2005, the passenger had a heart attack and died in a lavatory.  He was discovered by cleaning personnel after the aircraft had landed. The plaintiff, the passenger’s wife, filed a lawsuit against American.  The airline moved to … More Court declines to dismiss complaint in passenger heart attack case

Montreal Convention inapplicable where injured passenger unable to prove that airline regarded multi-airline carriage as “single operation”

Kruger v. United Air Lines, Inc. (N.D. Cal. Nov. 1, 2007).  While waiting on a jetway to board a flight from San Francisco to Seattle, the passenger was inadvertently struck on the head by a backpack swung by another boarding passenger.  The passenger was able to board but became “dazed and nauseated” during the flight … More Montreal Convention inapplicable where injured passenger unable to prove that airline regarded multi-airline carriage as “single operation”

Airline not liable to passenger for substitute transportation

Oparaji v. Virgin Atlantic Airways, Ltd. (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 19, 2006).  Instead of boarding his flight after being questioned about his passport, the passenger spent time venting his anger to airline personnel, causing him to miss the flight.  The passenger then bought a ticket from another airline. In his lawsuit, the passenger alleged every cause of action he could dredge up, and … More Airline not liable to passenger for substitute transportation