Other news report from today:
CBC News, “Supreme Court orders 2nd look at complaint about airline bumping obese passengers – Canadian Transportation Agency had refused to investigate 2014 Gabor Lukacs’s complaint because he isn’t obese”
“The Supreme Court of Canada has ordered the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) to take another look at a complaint about how Delta Air Lines deals with obese passengers.“
“For Lukacs, the victory is bittersweet because of a clause in the new proposed passengers’ bill of rights currently sitting with a Senate committee. Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s bill, C-49, specifically prohibits anyone but “a person adversely affected” from filing a complaint about an airline with the CTA.
Lukacs feels the clause frustrates the work of public interest advocates like himself. He has acquired detailed knowledge of airline regulations and doesn’t charge passengers for his work on their behalf. Of course, those passengers will be free to hire lawyers — but the cost might be a deterrent for them.
“Today we have won the battle, but the fight is far from over,” Lukacs said this morning from his home in Halifax.
“The Canadian Transportation Agency and the airlines would just love to shut the door to public interest advocates, but the Supreme Court of Canada has said no, that’s not what the purpose of the law is,” he said.“
Previous related news reporting by this reporter:
- (with video) 4 Oct, 2017, Air Passenger Rights Advocate interview post “Delta Air Lines Inc. v. Gábor Lukács” Supreme Court case oral arguments
- (with video) 3 Oct, 2017, Air Passenger Rights Advocate interview in advance of Supreme Court case with Delta Air Lines
- (with video) 5 Oct, 2017, Delta Air Lines Inc. v. Gábor Lukács – Supreme Court of Canada hearing webcast video archive