International aviation experts convene in
By Pascal Zamprelli, McGill Reporter
When American Brandi Wallace awoke from her nap on a flight from
Seoul to Los Angeles, she found that the man seated next to her had
unbuckled her belt, unzipped her shorts, and was fondling her. Ms.
Wallace sued the airline. While the first court to hear the case
dismissed it, the U.S. Court of Appeals overturned that decision
and ruled in Ms. Wallace’s favour.
Does an airline have a responsibility to protect one passenger
from the aggressive sexual advances of another?
This was one of the many topics hotly debated at the Hilton
Montreal Bonaventure on Oct. 30 and 31, during International
Aviation Liability and Insurance, the latest installment of major
annual air law conferences organized by McGill’s Institute of Air
and Space Law (IASL). Passenger rights were a principal focus of
discussion, as was potential airline liability for accidents,
denying boarding, delays, even for euthanizing geese on the