Air cargo carrier enforces contractual liability limitation against shipper’s claim

Golden Hawk Metallurgical, Inc. v. Federal Express Corporation (E.D. Mich. Oct. 4, 2016).  The plaintiff, a metal refinery, shipped two packages to its customers via FedEx.  According to the plaintiff, the packages contained gold and diamonds valued over $33,000, but the plaintiff did not declare any value for either shipment.  The plaintiff alleged that FedEx … More Air cargo carrier enforces contractual liability limitation against shipper’s claim

Airline that took all reasonable measures in response to bird strike not liable for international travel delay

Bernfeld v. US Airways, Inc. (N.D. Ill. Apr. 20, 2016).  The plaintiffs, three family members, were traveling from Israel to Chicago, with a connection in Philadelphia.  The US Airways aircraft that was to operate the connecting flight sustained a bird strike en route to Philadelphia and was removed from service so the airline could conduct … More Airline that took all reasonable measures in response to bird strike not liable for international travel delay

Airline’s conditions of carriage withstand tropical storm

Chen v. China Eastern Airlines Co., Ltd. (N.Y. City Civ. Nov. 20, 2014).  The passenger/plaintiff bought a six-segment China Eastern ticket from an online travel agent.  After taking the first two flights (New York to Shanghai and Shanghai to Manila), the plaintiff took a side trip in the Philippines on a different airline.  The plaintiff … More Airline’s conditions of carriage withstand tropical storm

Conditions of carriage withstand tort claims by delayed passengers

Lavine v. American Airlines, Inc. (Md. Special App. Dec. 1, 2011).  Using aa.com, the plaintiffs bought two American Airlines tickets for roundtrip transportation originating and terminating at Reagan National Airport, with an intermediate stop at Key West International Airport.  Their outbound itinerary included a connecting flight from Miami International Airport to Key West.  They received an … More Conditions of carriage withstand tort claims by delayed passengers

Airline not liable for refusing to transport customer who lacked required travel documents

Reed v. Delta Airlines, Inc. (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 23, 2011).  The plaintiff and her dog, Blondie, arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport to check in for their flight to Ghana.  Delta personnel informed the plaintiff that she lacked certain documents that Ghana required for Blondie to enter the country.  The plaintiff put Blondie in a cab to … More Airline not liable for refusing to transport customer who lacked required travel documents

DOT enforces consumer-friendly interpretation of Montreal Convention baggage liability provisions

As previously reported, on March 26, 2009 DOT issued a “Guidance on Airline Baggage Liability and Responsibilities of Code-Share Partners Involving International Itineraries” that states in part as follows:  “Although carriers may wish to have tariff terms that prohibit passengers from including certain items in checked baggage, once a carrier accepts checked baggage, whatever is … More DOT enforces consumer-friendly interpretation of Montreal Convention baggage liability provisions

Passenger’s second visit to Fifth Circuit yields additional baggage damages but no attorneys’ fees

Muoneke v. Compagnie Nationale Air France (5th Cir. Tex. May 12, 2009).  In 2004, the passenger traveled from Texas to Nigeria on Air France’s flights.  During a change of aircraft in Paris, Air France personnel required that the passenger check the baggage she had carried onto the prior flight.  The passenger claimed that when she … More Passenger’s second visit to Fifth Circuit yields additional baggage damages but no attorneys’ fees