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Pecked to death by (flying) ducks: court decision may extinguish smoking on aircraft.
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PMID:  7613326     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A case this month in the Australian court may force Australia's national airline, Qantas, to make all its flights non-smoking now rather than next year and in the meantime offers hope of compensation to Australian passengers who are refused non-smoking seats. Mrs Leone Cameron brought a case against Qantas for seating her in the smoking section of a Sydney to Bangkok fight after she had booked a non-smoking seat. She subsequently suffered minor illnesses. She and nine other similarly affected passengers claimed that Qantas had misled them. The judged ruled that Qantas had misled passengers in five of the cases though he refused to rule that Qantas had misled those placed in non-smoking seats next to the smoking area. He also refused to order Qantas to make all its flights non-smoking. The ruling is important for enabling other passengers to seek compensation through consumer claims tribunals when refused a requested non-smoking seat. It also brings closer the day when smoking will be forbidden on all flights.
S Chapman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  BMJ (Clinical research ed.)     Volume:  311     ISSN:  0959-8138     ISO Abbreviation:  BMJ     Publication Date:  1995 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-08-22     Completed Date:  1995-08-22     Revised Date:  2008-11-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8900488     Medline TA:  BMJ     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  38-40     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Sydney, Westmead Hospital, NSW, Australia.
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Smoking / legislation & jurisprudence*

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