Airline Threatens To Sue Betting Site For Taking Bets On When It Would Go Out Of Business

from the what's-illegal-about-that? dept

Apparently, a Scottish airline, Flyglobespan, has threatened to sue an online betting site because it was taking bets on what airline would be the next to go out of business, and had odds on Flyglobespan. The site did stop taking bets, but says it was due to a lack of interest, rather than the threat of a lawsuit. However, it's not clear what law it would be breaking to offer such a bet. You can understand that the company is concerned that potential passengers might think the airline is at risk, but it's not clear that's enough to stop any such bets.

Filed Under: airlines, bets, failure, scotland
Companies: flyglobespan


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  1. identicon
    snowburn14, 7 Oct 2008 @ 11:15am

    Re:

    "no offense, but we already pay for fuel costs on our cars. The price for tickets should not reflect their hardships. We aren't charging airlines for our gas are we?"

    Um, you're kidding, right? They're not charging you for the gas it took for the pilots, flight crew, etc., to drive to the airport. They're charging for the fuel that keeps the plane in the air. Personally, I think they ought to be able to figure the costs of such things into the price of the ticket - or rather, they ought to be REQUIRED to do so if they advertise the price anywhere, since you can't buy a ticket that doesn't come with those fees - but if that's the point you were going for, you missed the mark.
    As for the ticket price not reflecting their hardships...that's how it works for pretty much everything sold in this world. If it costs more to produce/provide than before, they're going to raise the price. You can either accept that, or become a hermit.

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