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“Third Circuit Rules That ‘Abdullah’ Does Not Apply To Oversight Of Passenger Disembarkation”

On August 2, 2010 by Schnader

In a decision which does not disturb the long-standing holding in Abdullah v. American Airlines regarding the preemption of the entire field of aviation safety, the Third Circuit recently addressed the narrow issue of the extent to which the Federal Aviation Act, 49 U.S.C. § 40101 et seq. (the “Aviation Act”), preempts state law concerning tort claims arising from an airline’s conduct in overseeing the disembarkation of passengers after an aircraft is parked at a gate.

Please see the attached PDF (upper right corner) for the full article, published in Volume 11, Issue 1 (2010) of the DRI publication Skywritings.