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“‘Not Without My Daughter’: Preemption of Claims Against an Airline for Parental Child Abduction”

On January 1, 2014 by Schnader

Barry Alexander, co-chair of the Aviation Group, wrote “‘Not Without My Daughter’: Preemption of Claims Against an Airline for Parental Child Abduction” for the Southern Methodist University Journal of Air Law and Commerce. Over the past decade, international parental abductions have risen, due in part to advances in international transportation, increased freedom to travel across borders, an increase in the number of marriages between people of different nationalities, and an increase in the number of divorces. From 1998 to the present, there have been five court cases involving claims from left-behind parents against air carriers alleged to have flown the abducting parent and child. In this article, Mr. Alexander examines these five cases. and analyzes the legal issues raised by parental child abduction via flight.