This past Friday, the 19th of August, the Superior Court of New Jersey, in Newark, heard a motion to dismiss Rosen vs. Continental Airlines, an unusual civil suit … among a sea of unusual airline and travel industry related civil suits.
The basis of the suit brought against Continental Airlines (now United Airlines) by Attorney Michael Rosen, and his attorney Nathan Kittner, was that airlines were discriminating against travelers by only offering cashless in-flight sales. The details of Mr. Rosen’s complaint against Continental Airlines were written about on Friday on Flying With Fish here – Are Cashless Only In-flight Airline Sales Discrimination?
As Mr. Rosen, who filed the lawsuit against Continental Airlines, is an attorney, it will be interesting to see if he presses the issue and files an appeal or attempts to move his complaint to a higher court.
This case has brought up some concern regarding travelers who simply do not have credit cards or bankcards and this concern may have been valid a few years ago. As prepaid debit cards have rapidly replaced travellers cheques and foreign currency for travelers, and plastic now dominates paper for providing identification verification at check-in kiosks, purchasing mass transit tickets, providing security deposits at hotels, etc, the argument that travelers do not have access to a credit card or debit card is diminishing. Travelers must go to the bank for travellers cheques whereas a prepaid debit card may be purchased at the corner store and topped up at the grocery store.