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USA: class action suit against YTB reinstated

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Illinois reinstated a class action lawsuit against YTB International, which offers booking websites and travel agent training. The class action is seeking $5 million in damages for more than 100 plaintiffs nationwide against Illinois-based YTB, also known as YourTravelBiz.com.

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USA: Court of Appeals finds airport body scanners constitutional

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected a constitutional challenge to the government's use of body-imaging scanners at the nation's airports, ruling that the need to detect hidden explosives outweighs the privacy rights of travelers. The judgement noted that passengers may avoid the scans by opting to undergo a pat-down by a screening agent. The ruling was a not a total win for the government. The judges said the TSA had not given the public the required opportunity to comment on the screening program before it was put into effect.

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USA: Texas lawmakers want to ban invasive pat-downs at airports

Lawmakers pushing a bill to ban invasive searches of airline passengers without a reason to think they have committed an offense said they were steaming ahead despite a decision by the federal Transportation Security Administration to reduce pat-downs of children. The Texas legislation, as drafted, would make it a crime of official oppression if federal employees perform a search that involves touching a person's private parts without probable cause to believe the person has committed an offense.

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USA: Airlines sue DOT over consumer protection rules

Airlines are increasing their opposition to the consumer protection rules the Department of Transportation announced in April, with two carriers (Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Air) filing separate suits in a U.S. Appeals Court in Washington, D.C.

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USA: DOT fines Lufthansa for improperly limiting reimubursements for delayed baggage

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) fined the German airline Lufthansa $50,000 for limiting reimbursements for delayed baggage to less than consumers were entitled under the Montreal Convention.

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USA: airlines ask for more time to comply with new DOT rules

U.S. airlines have asked the Department of Transportation for an extra six months to prepare for compliance with the DOT's new consumer-protection rules introduced in April, which include a requirement that advertised fares and air-inclusive packages include all taxes and fees, in print and online. The requirement of full-fare advertising is scheduled to take effect Oct.

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USA: airlines fined for violating advertising rules

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in separate cases assessed civil penalties against Continental Airlines and US Airways for violating the Department’s rules prohibiting deceptive price advertising in air travel. A review of Continental’s website revealed instances in which the carrier failed to include fuel surcharges in its listed fares. US Airway’s homepage advertised fares to Rome for $659.

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USA: Court of Appeals overturns jury verdict in favour of skycaps

In 2005, American Ailrines started to charge passengers who checked their luggage at curbside stations using skycaps a USD 2 fee per bag. Some skycaps filed a law suit against AA’s retention of the fee, alleging that it was a “service charge” under the Massachusetts Tips Statute – and thus had to be distributed to them because customers reasonably expected that.

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Houston: Global Congress on Legal, Safety, and Security Solutions in Travel

The Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau, in coordination with HospitalityLawyer.com, is producing the first-ever Global Congress on Legal, Safety, and Security Solutions in Travel - a conference that places legal, safety and security solutions for the travel industry under one roof.

Date: August 25-28, 2011

Venue: Houston

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USA: DOT issues new passenger rights regulation

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a final rule to improve the air travel environment for consumers by:

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