Air­line nailed by spilt cof­fee or­der

The Citizen (KZN) - - News - Lux­em­bourg

– Burns suf­fered when a cup of hot cof­fee spilled on a plane pas­sen­ger were the re­sult of an ac­ci­dent for which the air­line is li­able, Europe’s top court said yes­ter­day.

In 2015, a six-year-old girl fly­ing from Palma de Mal­lorca to Vi­enna was badly scalded when her fa­ther’s cof­fee fell into her lap for un­known rea­sons.

The fam­ily de­manded €8 500 (R135 617) from the now de­funct Aus­trian car­rier Niki Luft­fahrt, which ar­gued that a spill was not a “haz­ard typ­i­cally as­so­ci­ated with flight”. As such, it said, it was not cov­ered as an ac­ci­dent un­der the Mon­treal Con­ven­tion on in­ter­na­tional air trans­port. But the court found oth­er­wise.

“The con­cept of ‘ac­ci­dent’ at is­sue cov­ers all sit­u­a­tions oc­cur­ring on board an air­craft,” it ruled. – AFP

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