Could airlines eventually be found liable to pay compensation for flight delays following passenger air rage incidents, wonders Rob Williams

Just when airlines thought that the scope of what constituted 'extraordinary circumstances' had been clarified by a string of court cases over the years, a recent county court judgment in Birmingham has potentially reopened the debate.

This case may expand the ambit of 'extraordinary circumstances' to include delay caused by passengers, even if the behaviour of the passenger leading to the delay was accidental. Theoretically, this opens up airlines to a whole new class of claims where previously they might have been able to avoid paying compensation.In the Birmingham case,
Mrs Edwards and her family brought proceedings against
an airline pursuant to ...

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