Snake on a plane
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As someone with a (slightly irrational) fear of snakes, the thought of even the most timid of reptiles slithering around the cabin of any plane I am travelling on turns my stomach. This incident does, however, raise the question as to who would be liable if the snake had attacked another passenger.
Most claims against airlines (provided certain conditions are met) will be governed by the Montreal Convention. If the Convention applies then the injured passenger would need to show the incident was an "accident" under the terms of the Convention. If the Convention does not apply then a claim can be pursued on the basis the airline was at fault. It would certainly be surprising if the airline does not have some questions to answer in circumstances where it has somehow allowed a passenger to enter the cabin with a deadly snake in its hand luggage.
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