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Failure to buckle-up on planes grounds for removal

The Local · 17 Feb 2011, 12:06

Published: 17 Feb 2011 12:06 GMT+01:00

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The pilot is responsible for secure transport of passengers, and in this respect also carries police powers, the Frankfurt higher regional court (OLG) said.

The verdict rejected a damages suit filed by a group of 146 passengers who had not been allowed to fly after refusing to sit down and buckle up at takeoff. The captain declined to fly the plane and forced the passengers to disembark.

The group of willful passengers tried to sue the airline for the costs of their replacement tickets.

But the Frankfurt court found no legal basis in their liability claims because the passengers had violated a legal contract for safe passage with their behaviour.

Thus the captain was correct in refusing to fly with them despite their purchase of tickets, the court found.

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18:05 February 17, 2011 by Landmine
ha ha, I think that picture was taken on a bus, not a plane. Makes the point though...
22:29 February 17, 2011 by HansT
146 passengers all decided at once not to buckle their belts???

This sounds like an activist bit of theatre to me. I've never ... NEVER ... been on a flight where even one person caused a ruckus in not wanting to follow the seltbelt rule, and yet a whole planeful of seatbelt-phobics managed to find themselves together in a perfect storm of rebellion?

Is there something missing here? This can't be the whole story.
10:53 February 18, 2011 by freechoice
i think it is not nice not to buckle up when you are on a plane. just in case the plane hits a turbulent, which it often does, you realized that you are not superman and it is already too late.
14:44 February 18, 2011 by tallady
Why would anybody refuse to buckle up? I was on a flight and a passenger with his wife and 2 children asked the flight attendant to see the safety check list ,he said he had a right to see..She went forward to the cockpit and came back almost at a trot and told the passenger the Capt. said he was off the plane, and he and his family were removed with out incident ,my point is..that you would surely be removed for refusing to wear your seat belt.
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