National / International News

Why AirAsia insurance payouts could vary

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-30 11:00

The CEO of AirAsia today pledged compensation for the persons aboard flight 8501, but the amount that families of the deceased will receive could vary widely.

Indonesia has not signed the newest aviation convention setting updated payouts for deadly air disasters, so if a person's ticket starts and ends in Indonesia – where the flight took off from – the grieving family could receive less.

In reality, airlines can pay what they see fit. Very often, they make initial payouts within the first two weeks to cover funeral and other up-front family expenses.

Robert Jensen, of Kenyon International Emergency Services, says most airlines have agreed to a minimum payment, typically about $25,000. He advises a follow-up payout of at least $175,000. Insurance companies may not pay up, but the airlines should, he says.

“You take care of the people and the bottom line is always enhanced,” he says.

Moreover, the alternative could be costly litigation.


Ex-Korean Air Executive Arrested Over 'Nut Rage' Incident

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-30 09:56

Cho Hyun-ah's conduct aboard an aircraft over a packet of improperly served macadamia nuts led to her resignation. She was arrested today for violating South Korea's aviation safety laws.

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Swans' Shelvey charged for Can clash

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 09:53
Swansea's Jonjo Shelvey charged with violent conduct after appearing to catch Liverpool's Emre Can with his arm in Monday's defeat.

VIDEO: Rail chief: 'I will not take bonus'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 09:51
Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne says he will not take his bonus, following recent major rail disruption.

VIDEO: Van Gaal on 'culture of England'

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 09:40
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal expresses mixed feelings on life in England, on and off the pitch, ahead of his side's trip to Stoke on New Year's Day.

Child porn tops Tor hidden site visits

BBC - Tue, 2014-12-30 09:24
The majority of visits to sites hidden on the Tor network go to those dealing in images of child sexual abuse, suggests a study.