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Airlines Liable for Hot Drink Burns During Flights, EU Court Rules

Airlines are liable for a hot drink accidentally spilled and hurting a passenger, the European Union’s top court said in a dispute involving a carrier founded by the late-Formula One motor-racing champion Niki Lauda. “An airline is liable for the …

U.S. Court Rules Airport Screeners Can Be Sued

A federal appeals court on Friday handed a victory to travelers who object to invasive screenings at U.S. airport security checkpoints, saying screeners are not absolutely immune from lawsuits accusing them of abusive conduct. In a 9-4 decision, the 3rd …

Judge Nixes U.S. Suit Against Malaysia Airlines, Insurer Allianz Over Plane Disappearance

A U.S. judge has dismissed nationwide litigation over the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in which victims’ families sought to hold the carrier, its insurer Allianz SE and Boeing Co. liable for the still-unexplained disaster. U.S. District Judge Ketanji …

How Airlines Handle Medical Emergencies While in Flight

In May 2016, Lewis Christman was flying from Chicago to Rome when he suffered a bout of acute pancreatitis. He curled into a fetal position on the floor. He spent the next seven hours in agony while the plane flew …

Passenger Sues Southwest Airlines, Engine Manufacturers Over Fatal Explosion

A lawsuit against Southwest Airlines Co. has been filed by a passenger who was flying on last week’s flight 1380, in which an engine exploded and one person was killed. The lawsuit claims that since the accident, the passenger, Lilia …

United Airlines Settles with Passenger Dragged from Plane

United Airlines said it has reached a settlement with Dr. David Dao, the passenger who was dragged from a Chicago flight on April 9 because he did not want to surrender his seat. Video of the violent incident was viewed …

JetBlue: No Way to Prevent Pilot’s Meltdown

JetBlue Airways Corp. believes it had no way to know it should have grounded a former pilot before his midair meltdown forced an emergency landing, and that his $14.9 million damages lawsuit should be dismissed. “There is absolutely nothing JetBlue …

Florida Woman Sues Airline Over Rough Landing

A Tampa-area woman has sued US Airways, saying she was injured after a rough landing at Tampa International Airport. Nancy Linker, who is 48, said in the lawsuit that she was hospitalized after the front tires of US Airways Flight …

Investigators Hunt for Cause of San Francisco Plane Crash

U.S. officials examined flight information recorders and began investigating the crash of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that burst into flames upon landing in San Francisco, killing two teenaged Chinese students and injuring more than 180 people, officials said on …

Family’s Lawsuit Against Charlotte Airport, US Airways Dismissed

A North Carolina judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Charlotte, its airport and an airline by the family of a teen who apparently fell to his death from the wheel well of a jet approaching Boston. Superior Court Judge …