The Department of Transportation says some carriers are shirking their responsibilities in regard to liability for checked luggage contents and the treatment of passengers flying under a code-share agreement. "We have become aware of tariff provisions filed by several carriers that attempt, with respect to checked baggage, to exclude certain items, generally high-cost or fragile items such as electronics, cameras, jewelry or antiques, from liability for damage, delay, loss or theft," said Samuel Podberesky, head of the DOT's Aviation Enforcement office.

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