What we’re reading: Cheap ticket — cheap service? Most Asiana claims fall under Montreal Convention, factors in the SF crash

by Stephanus Surjaputra on July 17, 2013

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How much is that cheap flight really costing you?

Some of us would like to save money when it comes to buying an airline ticket. However, is it really worth it?

Travelers snapping up a rock-bottom rate in May on Norwegian Air from New York’s Kennedy International Airport to Oslo, Norway, thought they were getting a deal. The inaugural international flight of the previously European-only airliner offered rates so low many people on board thought they had caught the airline in a typo…

But it wasn’t long into the flight that…travelers realized the cut-rate price came with cut-rate service.

Courts will treat Asiana passengers differently

When it comes to compensating passengers aboard Asiana flight 214, payouts will probably differ between American passengers and those from foreign countries.

An international treaty governs compensation to passengers harmed by international air travel — from damaged luggage to crippling injuries and death. The pact is likely to close U.S. courts to many foreigners and force them to pursue their claims in Asia and elsewhere, where lawsuits are rarer, harder to win and offer smaller payouts.

Well-known hazards likely factors in Asiana crash

Aviation experts say that four air crashes since 2009 point to one common factor: pilot error, though there may be some mechanical issues involved.

As in the crash of a Colgan Air jet near Buffalo, the crash of an Air France flight over the Atlantic, and the crash of a Turkish Airlines jet in Amsterdam — which all occurred within six months in 2009 — the Asiana pilots appear to have let the plane’s airspeed dip dangerously low and failed to correct it in time.

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