Why Even Lightning Strikes are Better Overseas

Even I feel a little bit bad for the airlines on this one. European Airlines, whose involuntary denied boardings (IDB) are already governed by the particularly strict EC 261, lost another one in court when a British judge ruled that they owed passengers compensation for a cancelled flight due to a lightning strike. Ouch. Normally, airlines aren’t responsible for delays caused by weather, which are considered “extraordinary circumstances,” but the judge in the case considered this strike to be, if not normal, than certainly not extraordinary. True, planes get struck by lightning all the time and are just fine but, in this case, the airline did not have a back-up ready to go as the plane underwent safety checks. So put that on the list: If you are starting a European airline, make sure that you always have a spare ready.

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