Airline Industry and Aviation Law

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 0/16
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • T
  • 1130-1330
  • SL366
01/24/2023 04/25/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

The airlines – the industry everyone loves to hate – are subject to a web of domestic laws and regulations as well as international agreements. Through a series of mergers there are today only four major carriers – American, Delta, United and Southwest – with ultra-low fare carriers like Spirit and Frontier grabbing many travelers looking for a bargain fare. The course will use the text Aviation Law Cases, Laws and Related Sources and will look at how the airline industry interacts with customers, airports, other airlines and the U.S. and foreign governments within a legal environment defined by treaties, statutes and many many regulations. Is there too much regulation? Why do global alliances exist? Is it legal to have a passenger dragged off an airplane? When is a “emotional support” animal just a pet in disguise? Are airlines engaged in collusion when they reduce all capacity at about the same time? Why is my remedy different if I lose a bag while traveling from New York to Paris than if I lose the bag going from New York to Los Angeles? Who should handle air traffic control – the federal government or a non-profit corporation run by the stakeholders? Why is airline labor law special? We will explore the legal and policy issues facing a complex industry that is responsible for over 10 million people (7.3% of total US employment) and generates over $8 billion in GDP (5.1% of total) every year.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students are required to submit a substantial research paper via EXPO no later than NOON on the last day of the exam period.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: Introduction to Aviation Law by Timothy M. Ravich.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: Yes
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, April 20, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM