Travel + Law News From Around The World:


  • Andrea Ahles (@Sky_Talkdiscusses the recent lawsuit filed by the US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA), which represents US Airways pilots, to force arbitration to decide how the seniority lists of American Airlines and US Airways pilots are merged. The USAPA vs. US Airways, AA, and Allied Pilots Assoc. lawsuit is due to a pilot seniority list integration dispute on how to combine their existing separate seniority lists into one seniority list covering all pilots. The integration of seniority lists among airline employee groups affected by an airline merger is governed by the McCaskill-Bond Amendment, 49 U.S.C. § 42112(a), which was adopted by Congress in 2007 in response to the unfair treatment of former employees of Trans World Airlines (“TWA”) by defendants American and the APA in the 2001 merger of American and TWA. USAPA seeks declaratory and injunctive relief including an order declaring that the McCaskill-Bond Amendment requires that the integration of the seniority lists of US Airways and American pilots must be completed pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Allegheny-Mohawk Labor Protective Provisions (“Allegheny-Mohawk LPPs”) and compelling the defendants to comply with the requirements of Section 13(a). (More: See Seniority Integration And The Mccaskill-Bond Statute by Jones Day.)
  • Another Arrest for In-Flight Groping. An Indian national from Louisiana appeared in federal court in New Jersey on Monday following his arrest for allegedly sexually touching a sleeping woman and exposing himself aboard a United Airlines flight from Houston to Newark Liberty International.
  • Ed Perkins on Travel in the @chicagotribune gives us a quick overview of how the “arm of the law” can reach aboard in applying “Your legal rights in foreign travel.” It starts: Nothing is more frustrating than to suffer an accident when you’re traveling, especially if you suffer damages through the negligence of a hotel, cruise line, tourist attraction, sightseeing operator, or such. Judge Thomas Dickerson, who literally writes the book on travel law, recently published several articles that address legal questions about overseas travel, but they offer less certainty than you might expect. The key question is whether you can claim jurisdiction over a foreign supplier in a U.S. court, and Judge Dickerson’s analyses suggests that the answer is a firm “maybe.” — I agree with the Judge!


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