Thu, Nov 17, 2005
EU Backs The Blacklist
The European Union
parliament voted Wednesday to create a standardized set of
guidelines to create a "blacklist" of airlines which fail to meet
international standards. Airlines noted on the list -- primarily
flying from what the EU refers to as "third countries" -- would be
banned from flying anywhere within the EU.
As was reported in Aero-News,
the list was first suggested earlier this year following a string
of fatal accidents involving airliners from countries outside the
EU -- many of which have since been shown to have safety
issues. The proposed guidelines would be standardized
throughout the union, and if approved (as is expected) would apply
to all Member States.
Several EU countries, such as Britain and France, presently have
their own blacklists in place. Under the current system, however,
an airline banned in one EU member state can still operate in
With the new regulations, "passengers will enjoy the same
protection, no matter which European airport they use," said
conservative deputy Christine de Veyrac to the Associated Press.
"Europe is on its way to intensifying air security."
The list, to be brought before Member States on Dec. 5, will be
published on the Internet and made available to customers by ticket
vendors. Tour vendors will be required to inform passengers on the
identity of the carrier they're booked on, and passengers would
have a right to be compensated if they had previously booked travel
on a now-blacklisted airline.
The assembly's vote comes one day after the EC proposed giving
the European Aviation Safety Administration more powers to impose
rules on all airlines operating within the borders of Member States
-- European and non-European -- serving the EU.
Under the new plan, the EASA would have many powers similar to
that of its US counterpart, the FAA -- including the authority to
oversee safety checks of aircraft flying for non-European airlines
serving the EU.
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