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The Crazy Costa Concordia Drama Continues as a Lawsuit Comes to Court

Where: Italy
June 18, 2013 at 8:32 AM | by | ()

Just when you thought the world had perhaps moved on from that dreadful cruise ship grounding in Italy, the Costa Concordia is again popping up as the trial starts next month. This time it's not the ship that's the focus so much as the ship's dancer who was keeping the captain company on the bridge when the incident occurred.

If you can remember back, there were reports that Captain Schettino had welcomed Moldovian dancer, Domnica Cemortan, into the control room of the ship with hopes of wowing her. Since we weren't there we have no clue what actually happened, but we all know the outcome. Now, Cemortan is suing not only the Costa Cruises, but the captain himself and the media for smearing her angelic reputation.

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Southwest's Strange Response to a Lawsuit over Spilled Tea

December 10, 2012 at 2:55 PM | by | ()

We have no idea how USA Today managed to spin a 1,300+ word article out of a woman suing Southwest for $800,000 because she got burned by a cup of hot water. 43 year old Angelica Keller was sitting in the front row of the airplane and so didn't have a drop-down tray. She was trying to make herself a cup of tea by dipping a tea bag into the cup of hot water she had just been served. Only instead of doing that, she spilled the water on herself and got 2nd degree-burns. Now she's suing the Texas LCC because that's the world we live in. The End, right?

The article goes on for dozens of paragraphs after that. At first we thought the explanation for the obsessive detail was something like 'travel journalism is just magical that way.' Then we realized that very little of the article is actually about travel. It's actually a history of debates over frivolous product liability lawsuits. You just stopped reading, didn't you?

Don't go. There's actually quite a bit of travel geekery to be had here.

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Apparently AirTran Had a Little Cockroach Problem and Someone is Suing

November 14, 2011 at 9:31 AM | by | ()

AirTran has a lot going on now with that Southwest thing and all, but it looks like they’re headed for a little bit of legal trouble. Lucky for them we think it’s slightly frivolous, but that doesn’t mean they won’t have to send out the legal team.

A couple from North Carolina just filed a lawsuit against the airline because they weren’t too happy about some of their fellow passengers—cockroaches. Apparently the little bugs made a surprise appearance on their flight to Houston, including the air vents. The passengers tried to voice their concerns to the flight attendants, but they claim that their pleas for help were ignored.

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This May Just Be the Pettiest Airline Lawsuit Ever

August 22, 2011 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

UDPATE: The judge has dismissed the suit. Take that, lawyer who sues for the sake of suing!

We thought it was pretty slick that airlines ditched cash in the cabin in favor of plastic money for in-flight purchases, but there’s at least one passenger who isn’t thrilled about the cashless cabin. Of course this person is an attorney, and that means there’s a lawsuit.

A lawyer from New Jersey recently flew from Honolulu to Newark aboard Continental Airlines, but when it was time to purchase some in-flight goodies he wasn’t about to swipe his credit card. This unhappy passenger tried to buy some headphones for the 10-hour flight—apparently the ones purchased on the way to Hawaii no longer worked—but with his credit cards in his checked luggage he was out of luck. We feel for the guy, as that is too long to go without any in-flight entertainment—but is a lawsuit really necessary?

And who puts their credit cards in their checked luggage?!

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No Underwear? No Up in the Air, for Woman Kicked Off JetBlue Flight

July 22, 2011 at 9:23 AM | by | ()

Raise your hand if the name "Kyla Ebbert" means anything to you. If this was 2007, you'd be wiggling in your seat, hand raised, saying "ooo oo" in excitement. That's because Kyla Ebbert kinda started the whole "I got harassed by an airline because of I was wearing" craze. It all started when she wore this on a Southwest Airlines flight, got a talking to about wearing skimpy clothing, and then ended up in a Playboy pictorial after the confrontation hit the media.

In the past four years we've seen cases like this pop up again, thought none have gone so far as reaching the pages of Playboy again. Until now? According to the NY Post, traveler Malinda Knowles boarded a JetBlue flight from New York to Florida on July 13 and was kicked off after "the pilot mistakenly thought she wasn't wearing pants or shorts."

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Spain Isn't Cool with Ryanair's BYO Boarding Pass Policy

Where: Spain
January 18, 2011 at 9:01 AM | by | ()

Even if you’re not obsessed with all things travel like we are, you’re probably somewhat familiar with Ryanair and all the fees, tricks, and traps they use to generate more revenue. Just one of the things that you need to do before heading to the airport is print out your boarding pass, because if you need to do it at the airport you’re going to be charged for it...some 40 Euros ($53) for the pleasure, actually.

Spain isn’t too cool with this fee, as a judge in the country has ruled that Ryanair can’t charge passengers who need to print their boarding pass at the airport. A Spanish lawyer brought up the lawsuit, as he himself was hit with the fee for needing to print out his boarding materials at the airport.

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TSA Settles Lawsuit After Allegedly Exposing Woman's Breasts, Laughing About It

January 17, 2011 at 3:37 PM | by | ()

It turns out that if you pull off a woman's blouse in public, laugh in her face about it, and then leer at her body when she complains, that it might be something over which you can get sued. The TSA just found out as much, hammering out a settlement with Texas woman Lynsie Murley after Corpus Christi International agents humiliated her at a checkpoint. Honestly guys, this is behavior we'd usually expect from Philadelphia agents.

On one hand, this is just another TSA bad apples story, where the wrong combination of douchebags on a shift ends with an abuse of power. But on the other hand, the incident helps crystallize the single, overarching, central debate over American airline security: random screening vs. profiling.

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United Airlines Faces Really Petty Passenger Lawsuit

December 6, 2010 at 2:30 PM | by | ()

There’s apparently a new danger up in the air, and it can strike at anytime, even when you’re safely bucked in your seat. Those doors that let you in and out when on the ground can just fly open! Sounds a little ridiculous, right? Well some United Airlines passenger—Phillip Miller—reports that back in 2005 one of the aircraft doors opened in the middle of the flight. This caused all kinds of “extreme noise” and a “pressurization danger,” and this is just enough trauma to warrant a lawsuit.

This poor passenger claims he suffered a bunch of injuries, and all of them need frequent medical attention. Somehow the specifics about the injuries were left out of the lawsuit filings, so we’re eager to see what kind of specific diagnoses we’re dealing with here.

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Donald Trump Busts Out a Lawsuit Against Palm Beach Airport

July 26, 2010 at 10:47 AM | by | ()

We love airports, but we realize that they can be pretty darn noisy both inside and out. Although checking out all the different planes would be appealing, we do recognize that the airport wouldn’t be an ideal location if we owned a mega mansion. Donald Trump is facing this very problem, and that’s why he is getting all legal on Palm Beach International Airport.

The Donald feels that the airport makes too much noise, and all those pesky airplanes are causing too much of a disturbance above his home at Mar-a-Lago. The best way to deal with the situation is obviously to file a lawsuit, and that’s exactly what he’s doing.

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Woman Sues American Airlines for $5 Million over $25 Checked Baggage Fee

July 23, 2010 at 8:57 AM | by | ()

Baggage fees suck, there's no doubt about that. Travelers paid the airlines $800 million dollars in baggage fees, in just the first quarter of this year; that's more than enough to keep airline execs swimming in Olympic-sized pools of cash a la Donald Duck. Unfortunately, baggage fees are virtually unchecked and paying $25 to get your bag on the flight with you doesn't guarantee you anything, as one flyer recently discovered.

Danielle Covarrubias flew from Seattle to Grand Rapids, MI on American Airlines and checked her bag on the flight, paying the required fee of $25 to do so. When she arrived at her destination, her bag did not...and never did. She spent hundreds on replacing the lost goods and finally American got back with her to say that "nothing could be done," not even a refund of her $25. So what is Danielle doing in response to that? She's suing American Airlines for $5 million after the airline refused to refund the $25 checked bag fee.

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British Airways Treats Passenger Like Pervert, Passenger Sues

January 19, 2010 at 3:00 PM | by | ()

Here’s a pretty odd airline rule of which we weren’t aware. Apparently unaccompanied minors and kids in different rows from their parents are not allowed to sit next to men on British Airways. We understand that many people—not just men—are kind of gross and weird, but this just seems a little excessive. One man isn’t too happy with the policy, and he’s decided to sue British Airways over it.

Mirko Fischer is claiming that the airline is making an assumption that all men are potential sex offenders and that innocent travelers are at the risk of being embarrassed and humiliated. He isn’t too thrilled about the British Airways policy that requires flight attendants to check out the seating situation to ensure that male strangers aren’t sitting next to any kiddos.

The offended passenger was asked to move his seat when flying with his pregnant wife, and when he refused, he was told the airplane was staying put until he moved. Eventually he selected a different seat, but had this to say about the whole situation:

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Suit Settled Over Plane Crash That Almost Killed Travis Barker And DJ AM

December 9, 2009 at 2:04 PM | by | ()

It's been just over a year since Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM survived the crash of their private jet on the runway in Columbia, SC. DJ AM, who recently died of a drug overdose, and Travis were the only survivors of the accident which killed four others after the plane's tires skidded, it overshot the runway and then crashed and burned.

Although they'd probably rather forget the whole incident, the widows of the deceased and now Travis, who's the only one now still living, have settled their claims with the companies involved—namely LearJet and Goodyear Tire Company. The amount of the settlement is private, but what we do know from court document obtained by TMZ is that the amount is over $25,000. As it should be. When DJ AM was still alive and pressing his case, he had demanded a cool $20 million dollars for "medical expenses, lost earnings, profits and economic damages...non-economic losses, such as mental and physical pain."

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