A lot of airlines and tour operator airlines are bound by a set of regulations called the Montreal Convention. This will hold the airline accountable if a passenger has an accident or is injured during an international flight.
To make a claim under the Montreal Convention, an air accident must have been “caused by an unusual or unexpected event or happening that is external to the passenger”. This means the airline is still legally responsible for unexpected and unpreventable situations such as:
- accidents caused by another passenger;
- injuries caused by extreme turbulence.
It’s important to remember that the Montreal Convention only applies to international flights between countries who have signed up to the regulations. Some of the airlines covered include:
- British Airways
- Aer Lingus