News and notes from around the interweb:
- Brazilian court fines American Airlines $1,759 after passengers denied kosher food in the U.S. airlines don’t have to keep their promises to consumers, because their contracts of carriage say they don’t have to, enforcing commonlaw principles of good faith and fair dealing is precluded by the Airlines Deregulation Act’s federal pre-emption of state regulation and the Department of Transportation doesn’t require it.
- Hertz thinks it’s no big deal when its customers wind up in jail because of its own mistakes, because this doesn’t happen to most customers
In this week’s hearing, Shore, a partner at White & Case, argued, “It is a fraction of 1 percent of annual police reports that are filed that turn into actual litigation claims.” That number, of course, does not count customers who were falsely arrested but accepted an early settlement from Hertz, resolved the matter in arbitration, or simply decided they didn’t have the funds or the stamina for a lawsuit. Shore added, “We actually think the number of legitimate claims that arise out of annual rentals is a tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny fraction.”
- Democrats question Airbnb over hosting rentals on its platform in Xinjuang that are owned by sanctioned Chinese paramilitary organization
- United passengers at Denver stuck on planes for hours after they landed — waiting for a gate it’s not just cancelled flights, this was about shortage of ground crew due to Covid sick calls rather than lack of gates as such.
- Looking forward to the day I can ‘cheers’ again on Southwest. In the old days when drink chits didn’t expire the best thing was to save up a ton and buy drinks for the whole plane!
— Matt Garcia (@mattyg614) January 7, 2022
- Dallas – Tel Aviv was the first flight American had announced for its return to Israel.
TLV-DFW is scheduled to begin on May 6 while DFW-TLV begins May 7. There will likely be some changes as May approaches.
— Ishrion Aviation (@IshrionA) January 9, 2022