Prof lands victory for those with lost luggage
WINNIPEG WestJet passengers whose luggage is lost or damaged could soon be able to get more compensation from the airline.
Following a challenge from Gabor Lukacs of Winnipeg, the Canadian Transportation Agency has voided WestJet Airlines Ltd.’s international baggage liability policies.
Lukacs, a University of Manitoba professor, argued that compensation for jewelry and other valuables inside luggage lost or damaged in transport should not be limited to the maximum set by the airline.
That limit now falls under Articles 17(2) and 19 of the Montreal Convention, an industry standard with a limit of $1,800 per passenger per bag.
“The point is that it doesn’t matter what you have in your suitcase . . . the cap is in place already,” Lukacs said. “That is what was voided.” Lukacs said the $ 1,800 is now being used as an interim limit enforced by the Canadian Transportation Agency.
WestJet has been ordered to adjust its international tariffs within 45 days.
A WestJet spokesman declined to comment beyond saying the airline is reviewing the decision.