US Court of Appeals denies Flyers Rights' petition to require DOT mandate for airline compensation

Flyers Rights airline passenger organization has announced the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled against FlyersRights.org´s attempt to bring US airlines into compliance with the Montreal Convention, the international treaty governing air travel, the company said.

The Montreal Convention´s Article 19 guarantees passenger compensation on a quasi-no fault basis for flight delays on international trips for up to USD 6,400. According to Article 3 of the treaty, the airlines must provide adequate notice that passengers may be entitled to such compensation for flight delays.

The court ruling allows the DOT to continue to abdicate its responsibility under its legal mandate to prohibit unfair or deceptive airline practices by ending the lack of notice about passenger Montreal Convention rights. The court deferred to the DOT, who has argued that it has not collected enough evidence of passenger confusion.

FlyersRights.org publishes a bi-weekly newsletter, operates a free hotline for airline passengers 877- FLYERS6, advocates for passenger rights and interests, represents passengers on the FAA Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee dealing with air safety and maintains a staffed office in Washington, D.C.