Lyn-Lea Travel Corp. v. Am. Airlines

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In Lyn-Lea Travel Corp. v. Am. Airlines, 283 F.3d 282 (5th Cir. 2002), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that the Airline Deregulation Act (ADA) does not preempt all state tort actions.

Judge Edith Jones, writing for the court, stated that:[1]

This court has also addressed the scope of ADA preemption, holding that the ADA does not preempt state tort actions alleging personal injury resulting from the operation of an aircraft. Other provisions of the ADA require airlines to maintain personal injury and property damage insurance coverage for claims resulting from operation of the aircraft. Consequently, ADA preemption is concerned solely with economic deregulation, not with displacing state tort law.


  1. citing and quoting Hodges v. Delta Airlines, Inc., 44 F.3d 334, 337, 340 (5th Cir. 1995) (en banc), emphasis added.