Aviation updates

Germany

Contributed by Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein
Passenger versus service cart – typical aviation hazard?
  • Germany
  • 03 March 2021

The Celle Higher Regional Court recently found that the Hanover Regional Court wrongly rejected an application for legal aid by a passenger who claimed that a flight attendant had injured her knee with a service cart. However, it remains to be seen whether the damages will be reduced or excluded due to any contributory negligence on the part of the applicant.


USA

Contributed by Cozen O'Connor
CDC mask mandate versus rights of passengers with disabilities
  • USA
  • 03 March 2021

Air carriers must comply with federal law that mandates mask wearing but also accommodate passengers with a disability that prevents them from wearing a mask. To guide carriers, the Department of Transport recently issued a notice of enforcement policy describing the factors which it will take into consideration when deciding how to enforce these potentially conflicting obligations.


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