Tuesday, October 11, 2011

New Front in Passenger Rights Debate?

We'll resume our analysis of the Advocate General's opinion in the ETS case tomorrow, but for now we thought it was worth pointing blog readers to a story from yesterday's New York Times on the recent spate of high-profile incidents of airlines removing passengers from flights. See Christine Negroni, Fliers' vs. Airlines' Rights, N. Y. Times, Oct. 10, 2011 (available here). Recall that highly publicized events were an important catalyst for the recent passenger rights regulations concerning tarmac delays, though any efforts to limit airlines' discretion to remove passengers would likely be a tougher sell because of security concerns. This may be an issue where passenger advocates' best tactic is continuing the public relations pressure already being employed.


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