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Petitioning Airline Pilots & Maintenance Engineers / Technicians

STOP ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST AIRLINES FOR NOT PAYING COMPENSATION DUE TO TECHNICAL DELAYS.

I strongly believe that taking enforcement action against airlines for not paying compensation due to technical delays is a terrible idea and it may potentially be the cause or contributory factor to the next major airline accident!

I NEED YOUR VOTE, which hopefully will give a strong message to policy makers and ultimately might relieve the operational and commercial pressure from people like yourself. I aim to submit the results of this petition to all the relevant organisations and committees such as UK Parliament, UK CAA, Media (BBC, SkyNews etc.), European Commission, EASA with the hope that they may potentially influence the future policies.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION & REASONING FOR MY ARGUMENT

'EC261/2004 Passenger Rights Legislation' was first introduced in 2005 to prevent airlines overbooking and not taking care of their customers. Within the last decade, the air traffic grew significantly and the safety performance of the commercial air transport industry has been remarkable; however the brutal competition (as described by an airline executive) in the industry and the consumer protection law such as EC261 have been putting tremendous pressure on operational staff such as pilots and engineers to keep the aircraft flying in order to achieve on time performance targets.

Over the last 10 years, there has been many court decisions setting precedence and the latest court decision in the UK not to include technical faults within extraordinary circumstances (despite the Guidelines issued by the 'National Enforcement Bodies' http://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/passengers/air/doc/neb-extraordinary-circumstances-list.pdf) was seen as a victory by the travelling public, media and the litigation lawyers, who might benefit from these decisions and policies. Furthermore it is difficult to understand the UK CAA's decision to take enforcement action against three airlines (http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx?catid=14&pagetype=65&appid=7&mode=detail&nid=2437) Because while the CAA is not only a safety regulator but also is responsible for consumer protection as well, this decision is contradictory to the guidelines published in 2013 and I assume it is purely based on the recent court decision in the UK.

I am not entirely against the principles of passenger compensation stated in EC261 but I AM COMPLETELY AGAINST THE IDEA TO FORCE AIRLINES TO PAY COMPENSATION FOR TECHNICAL FAULTS. The guidelines produced by the 'National Enforcement Bodies' were a measured and proportionate approach and IT MUST BE PART OF THE ENFORCEABLE LAW.

You can contact me @ cengiz.turkoglu.1@city.ac.uk or find more info about me @ www.cengizturkoglu.com

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