Merry Christmas: Europe gives air travelers an “extraordinary” present

It’s an early Christmas present for air travelers: The European Union’s top court has ruled that passengers must be compensated if an airline cancels a flight for technical reasons, unless “extraordinary” events are to blame. And it said an airline must prove the circumstances are “extraordinary.” Airlines have been dreading this day for years.

EU cracks down on ‘serious and persistent’ problems at travel sites while US authorities snooze

The European Union is aggressively pursuing online travel agencies that sell airline tickets under false pretenses. A new report by EU authorities reveals that 1 in 3 Web sites have been written up for “misleading advertising and unfair practices” since last fall. You don’t need me to tell you we have the same problem over here. But where’s our government?

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