EU wants U.S. airlines to pay up for volcano delays

04/30/2010 | USA Today · USA Today

European airlines had to pay food and lodging costs for passengers stranded in U.S. airports during the recent ash cloud crisis -- but the European Commission says U.S. carriers should be bound by European customer-care laws when operating at European airports, though enforcement would be left up to individual countries within the EU. A State Department official says the question is a "gray area" under existing agreements. Europe's airlines are demanding compensation for expenses racked up during the airspace closure and seeking changes in the law to limit such losses in the future.

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