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The undated photo shows a view of Henri Coanda International Airport Arrivals Terminal in Romania’s capital, Bucharest.
Romanian air traffic controllers staged a four-hour strike on Tuesday to demand better working conditions, leading to some cancellations and delays.
Transport Minister Razvan Cuc said the strike ended after officials struck an agreement with trade unions.
Six flights were canceled and seven were delayed at Bucharest's Henri Coanda Airport in the first two hours of the strike. More than 300 flights were scheduled to fly to or from the airport Tuesday.
The undated photo shows a view of Henri Coanda International Airport in Romania’s capital, Bucharest.
Reports said there were also delays at Cluj airport in northwest Romania and Iasi airport in the northeast.
A Bucharest court later declared the walkout legal, rejecting a motion from the transportation ministry to declare it unlawful.
Unions say they are understaffed and work shifts too long and are demanding a collective labor agreement. They say the government has failed to respect a promise it made in 2015 to resolve its problems.
Air traffic controllers are required by law to ensure the safety of a reduced number of flights crossing Romania during the walkout.

Travelers are seen stranded outside the entrances of Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 after British Airways flights where cancelled, May 27, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
British Airways has grounded all flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports because of “a major IT failure” that is causing severe disruption to its global operations.
The airline said Saturday that its terminals at the two airports had become “extremely congested” due to the computer problems, adding that all flights scheduled before 1700 GMT had been cancelled.
BA said there was no evidence the computer failure had been triggered by a cyber attack.
The global computer outage has created problems for tens of thousands of travelers on a key holiday weekend in Britain; the start of a Bank Holiday and the half-term break for some schools.
Heathrow said the IT problem had caused "some delays for passengers" and it was working with BA to resolve it.
Footage taken at the airport showed long lines at customer services after travelers were advised they would be unable to rebook because systems were down.
People wait with their luggage at Heathrow Terminal 5 in London, May 27, 2017. (Photo by Reuters)
BA said it was trying to restore operations on Sunday, although some disruption to services would continue.
“We are working hard to get our customers who were due to fly today on to the next available flights over the course of the rest of the weekend. Those unable to fly will be offered a full refund,” it said.
The airline also said that the system failure had affected BA’s call centers and website.
Some passengers also complained that they could not check in on the airline’s mobile app. 
This file photo shows British Airways planes grounded at Heathrow Airport.
The GMB trade union blamed the disruption on the airline’s decision last year to outsource some IT jobs to India.
“This could have all been avoided,” said GMB national aviation officer Mick Rix. “BA in 2016 made hundreds of dedicated and loyal IT staff redundant and outsourced the work to India.”
The airline said in response that it would “never compromise the integrity and security of our IT systems,” adding that outsourcing of IT services was a “very common practice across all industries.”


Joel and Henry with their five-year-old son Ben. Photo/Facebook
United Airlines has been forced to apologise to a family after a father travelling with his son was accused of laying his arm "too close to the child's genitalia" as he slept.
The man, Henry Amador-Batten, his husband Joel and their 5-year-old son Ben were arriving at an airport in their home state of North Carolina after visiting Puerto Rico, where Henry was dealing with the death of his father.
Writing on his Facebook group for gay dads, DADsquared, Joel said the family were stopped by authorities as they got off the plane.
Henry was then detained for questioning because a crew member accused him of laying his arm across his sleeping son's lap, Joel said.
"My husband was detained after disembarking because a member of the flight crew made an accusation that my husband's hand/arm laying across my sleeping son's lap was too close to the 'child's genitalia'," he said.

"This is not how anyone deserves to be treated," Joel said. "This is not something that should have happened in front of my son.He said Henry was made to feel "like a criminal" in front of other passengers and was detained by about an hour to be questioned by authorities.
"This is not something that anyone should have to worry about happening to them on a flight just because someone might not like the looks of them."
Joel said he and Henry were foster parents and were in the process of adopting their second son.
"This misguided [flight attendant's] assumptions about my husband and the accusations that he made are completely unfounded and we plan on getting up bright and early in the morning to make as much f**king noise about this as I possibly can," he said.
Joel added: "This is the icing on the cake for a man who has spent nearly the last two weeks in Puerto Rico dealing with his father's quick decline and subsequent death."
Since the story went public, United Airlines has issued an apology to the couple.
"Our customers should always be treated with the utmost respect," United spokesman Jonathan Guerin said in an email, published by the News & Observer.
"We have followed up with the customer directly and we apologised for the situation."
The couple are now said to be seeking "fair compensation", the News & Observer reports.
The family's ordeal is the latest in a string of incidents involving parents wrongly accused of in appropriate behaviour with their children.
Last month, in another incident involving United Airlines, a Mexican father was accused of child trafficking his own daughter because his fair-skinned offspring "didn't look like" him.
The girl's mother, who is of Irish descent, said she "burst into tears" when she was called by an official from the New York Port Authority to verify her husband's story that their three-year-old girl was in fact his child. The airline apologised to the family over the incident.
Also in April, a father in the UK was accused of paedophilia when he checked into a hotel with his 13-year-old daughter.
Widower Craig Darwell, 46, was treating his daughter Millie, 13, to a trip to an amusement park when he checked into the TraveLodge hotel.
The hotel later apologised but a spokesman said the company took its "responsibilities towards protecting children and vulnerable young people extremely seriously."

The airlines’ General Manager in Nigeria, Solomon Begashaw denied the claims that the charges were “unauthorised fees” and an attempt to exploit Nigerians. PHOTO: TWITTER/FAAN
Ethiopian Airlines yesterday defended its “refundable deportation fees” being collected from Nigerian passengers. The airlines’ General Manager in Nigeria, Solomon Begashaw denied the claims that the charges were “unauthorised fees” and an attempt to exploit Nigerians.
He said the added fees that ranged from $75 to $150 per passenger was to cover the travellers’ expenses in case they were denied entry and returned to Nigeria.
Begashaw blamed the decision on the extra charges by South Africa on passengers’ travelling to Johannesburg. According to him, the decision was taken following the passengers’ denial to enter into South Africa by the immigration authorities for various reasons.

“These passengers included those who had been inconvenienced during their stay at Johannesburg Airport before they were returned back to their airport of departure.
“They were asked to deposit the mentioned amount to cover their incidental expenses in case they were denied entry. This amount has always been refunded to the passengers when they had been allowed entry into South Africa,” he said.
Begashaw added that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) informed them about customers’ complaints against the extra charges. He said: “We are discussing with the authorities on how best to handle the matter through the diplomatic channels between Nigerian and South African governments in the spirit of African brotherhood.”
The manager reiterated the airlines’ commitment to Nigeria, recalling that Ethiopian Airlines had served the people for the past 57 years and had proved to be a partner in progress.
Begashaw cited the airlines commitment to Nigeria when only Ethiopian Airline agreed to fly to Kaduna recently when other foreign airlines refused to do so.
But the NCAA has faulted the charges, describing them as unauthorised and illegal. Its Spokesperson, Sam Adurogboye, said NCAA ordered the airlines to stop the collection of any unauthorised charges forthwith.

Firemen inspect Changi International Airport terminal 2 in Singapore on May 16, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Hundreds of passengers were evacuated from Singapore's Changi Airport after a small fire erupted in a terminal that was later extinguished, authorities and witnesses said, delaying flights at the global hub.
Smoke swept through the airport's Terminal 2 building after a fire broke out in the departure hall, spurring authorities to seal off the area.
Three people were sent to hospital for smoke inhalation, the Singapore Civil Defense Force (SCDF) said on its Facebook page.
"A small fire occurred at the departure hall of Changi Airport Terminal 2. The fire has been extinguished by SCDF," the Singapore Police said in a statement.
Police said the fire alarm was activated at around 5:40pm (0940 GMT) as smoke poured from air vents, sparking an evacuation order and closure of the terminal.
Passengers on flights departing from the terminal on Tuesday evening "should expect significant delays," airport management said.
Passengers gather at Changi International Airport terminal 3 in Singapore after being evacuated from terminal 2 due to a fire, May 16, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Singapore Airlines said it was "working closely with the airport authority and various agencies to ensure flights can be resumed in the shortest time possible".
An AFP reporter at the airport said the scene was generally calm as the departure and arrival halls were evacuated. Airport staff were also seen leaving but there was no panic.
More than 58 million international passengers passed through Changi Airport last year. The airport serves more than 100 airlines flying to some 380 cities worldwide.

The Burke family pose for the camera. (Social media photo)
An African American family has been kicked off a JetBlue flight for carrying a birthday cake that flight crew said posed a “safety risk.”
The incident took place at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on May 3, when Cameron Burke, his wife and their two children tried to board a Las Vegas-bound flight en route to a birthday party for the mother.
The flight crew gave the Burkes conflicting advice on where to store their birthday cake and ended up forcing them off the plane although they were fully compliant, said the family.
A video clip from the incident shows that the Burkes were forced off the plane even after Port Authority officers showed up at the scene and saw “no wrongdoing” on their part.
JetBlue confirmed Sunday that the family was asked to leave the airplane after they insisted on storing the cake in “improper” places and refused to move it.
“The customers became agitated, cursed and yelled at the crew, and made false accusations about a crew member's fitness to fly,” JetBlue spokesman Doug McGraw said.
Burke children and their mothers look on nervously as flight crew confront them for bringing a cake on board an airplane, May 3, 2017.
Apparently, one of the crew first asked the family to move the cake from their overhead bin to another one and then told them to store it under a seat.
However, another flight attendant appeared and asked the family to leave.
“I just want to know why,” Cameron's wife, Minta, is heard shouting on the video. “Exactly!” Cameron replies. “For a cake?”
McGraw said that all passengers were deplaned and rebooked as a result. The plane then took off with the family’s luggage.
The Burkes flew to Las Vegas on a United Airlines flight the next day. However, Cameron said he was going to file a lawsuit against JetBlue.
Ironically, United Airlines itself made the headlines in mid-April, when its security staff violently dragged an Asian passenger off an overbooked flight and bloodied him after he refused to give up his seat to the company’s own employees.
The incident prompted public outrage over airlines’ treatment of passengers.

A police officer walks by floral tributes with other bystanders in Parliament Square in front of the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 24, 2017 two days after the March 22 terror attack on the British parliament and Westminster Bridge. (Photo by AFP)
The Saudi embassy in the United Kingdom has confirmed that London attack suspect Khalid Masood visited the kingdom three times, including two stints teaching English there.
Britain’s The Sun newspaper reported on Friday that the man who carried out a deadly car ramming and stabbing attack near the UK Houses of Parliament was a former English teacher working at the institution controlling Saudi Arabia’s civil aviation.
In response, the Saudi embassy issued a statement late on Friday confirming the Sun report.
"The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia wishes to clarify that Khalid Masood was in Saudi Arabia from November 2005 to November 2006 and April 2008 to April 2009, when he worked as an English teacher having first obtained a work visa," the embassy said in a statement.
"In 2015, he obtained an Umra visa through an approved travel agent and was in the Kingdom from the 3rd-8th March,” it added.
"During his time in Saudi Arabia, Khalid Masood did not appear on the security services' radar and does not have a criminal record in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," the statement claimed.
Saudi King Salman (L) and British Prime Minister Theresa May attend a (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council summit on December 7, 2016, in the Bahraini capital Manama. (Photo by AFP)
At least four people were killed and 50 others were injured in the attack on Wednesday after the assailant plowed a car into pedestrians and stabbed a police officer near the British Parliament in London, an incident that has been declared a terrorist incident. The attacker was also shot dead by the police.
The Saudi embassy expressed its condolences to the British people, saying the kingdom “continues to stand with the United Kingdom during this difficult time and reaffirms its commitment to continue its work with the United Kingdom in any way to assist in the ongoing investigation."
The embassy went on to say that the “attack in London this week has again demonstrated the importance of international efforts to confront and eradicate terrorism.”
“At such a time, our ongoing security cooperation is most crucial to the defeat of terrorism and the saving of innocent lives,” it stated.
Khalid Masood, the assailant of the deadly attack is treated by emergency services outside the Houses of Parliament in London on March 22, 2017. (Photo by Reuters)
This is while Saudi Arabia, where Wahhabism is widely preached and practiced, stands accused of sponsoring terrorist groups, such as Daesh, across the Middle East region.
Daesh and other Takfiri terror groups use the extremist ideology to declare people of other faiths as “infidels” and thus to kill them.
Fifteen of the 19 hijackers who allegedly carried out the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States came from Saudi Arabia and available evidence suggests some of them were linked to high-ranking Saudi officials.
Furthermore, Saudi Arabia has been engaged in a military campaign against Yemen since March 2015 to reinstate the country's resigned president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, and undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement.
The Saudi war has killed more than 11,400 Yemenis, and taken a heavy toll on the country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.
In Syria, the Saudi regime has been sponsoring Takfiri terrorists fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad since 2011 in a conflict that has taken the lives of a half a million Syrians.

Passengers traveling to the United States from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries will be prohibited from bringing laptops, tablets and other portable electronic devices on board with them when they fly, March 21, 2017. (Photo by Reuters)
A US and UK ban that forbids electronic devices larger then a cell phone from being carried into cabin baggage on flights from certain states has come into effect.
The ban affects Turkey and some countries in the Middle East and North Africa such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia and Lebanon.
Turkish airlines have already started to implement the ban after what American and British officials claimed that there is an increased risk that  larger electronic devices measuring 16x9.3x1.5 cementers could contain explosives.
The US Department for Homeland Security has cited attacks on planes and airports over the past two years as the reason for the ban. Bombs had been hidden in such items as a soft drink can and laptops, it said referring to the downing of a Russian airliner over Egypt in October 2015 with the loss of 224 lives and the unsuccessful Somali attack last year, respectively.
However, the Turkish transport minister has harshly criticized the new measures. And, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the US and the UK to lift the ban as soon as possible.
The US ban affects airlines from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Jordan, Qatar, Egypt and Kuwait.
Britain has followed the US lead, imposing restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on planes coming from certain airports in 13 Muslim-majority countries including Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. The British restrictions however do not include the UAE or Qatar.
A man puts his laptop inside his suitcase at Kuwait International Airport in Kuwait City before boarding a flight to the United States on March 23, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Canada is also considering taking similar measures. Ottawa said it will examine all the related information presented by the US and Britain.
Passengers can still take most smartphones, games consoles and DVD players onto the plane, a UK government spokeswoman said.
However, experts and technologists have been critical of the measure, saying it contradicts with the basic computer science.
European security experts are to meet next week to discuss the US and the UK bans, The Guardian newspaper reported.
Last week, the US transportation safety administration announced that passengers from thirteen countries, travelling to the US, would no longer be allowed to carry onboard gadgets larger than a cell phone.
The new regulation bans passengers from bringing laptops, tablets and cameras larger than cell phones into the cabin. Airlines had been given 96 hours to abide by the rule. Saudi Arabia’s Saudia Airlines and Royal Jordanian airlines are among the affected ones.
Royal Jordanian Airlines has tweeted suggestions of things to do during a long flight instead of using an electronic device.
Royal Jordanian Airlines has tweeted suggestions of things to do during a long flight instead of using an electronic device. (Twitter Photo)
Ironically none of the countries affected by this order were in the list including the controversial travel ban decree issued by President Donald Trump after taking office in January.
In the Initial executive order signed by Trump, people from Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen faced a 90-day entry ban, indefinitely barring refugees from Syria. However, in the revised order Iraq was taken off the list. But the revised also faced court hurdle as a federal judge in Hawaii issued a sweeping freeze of ban citing discrimination against citizens of six Muslim-majority countries.

A spokeswoman for US Customs and Border Protection said "all travellers arriving to the US are subject to CBP inspection". Photo / AP
A retired police chief says he was detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport and held for 90 minutes earlier month because of his name.
Hassan Aden, 52, of Alexandria, Virginia, spent 26 years with the Alexandria Police Department before leaving in 2012 to become chief of police in Greenville, North Carolina. He retired from the 250-person force in 2015.
Aden says he was returning from Paris on March 13, where he had been celebrating his mother's 80th birthday.
When he arrived at customs at JFK, he expected to be handed back his passport and told "welcome home" like everyone else. Instead, a US Customs and Border Protection officer asked him: "Are you travelling alone?" Aden replied he was and the officer said, "Let's take a walk," in Aden's recollection.

He said he was escorted to a makeshift office, prohibited from using his cellphone and given little information about the reason for the holdup. At one point, Aden said he asked an officer how much time could pass for a detention to be considered reasonable. The officer replied that Aden wasn't being detained."I was like 'oh boy, here we go' " said Aden, an Italian-born naturalised American citizen who has lived in the United States for 42 years.
But inside the room, where there were three desks staffed by CBP employees and two dozen chairs, signs read "Remain seated at all times" and "Use of telephones strictly prohibited".
"Two signs that this was not voluntary; this was indeed a detention," Aden said.
Aden said he told an officer he was a retired police chief and a career law enforcement officer, but the man said he had "no control" over the situation and it "didn't matter" what his job was. Another officer explained that someone on a "watch list" had been using Aden's name as an alias, and his information was being cross-checked with another agency, Aden said.
A spokeswoman for US Customs and Border Protection said in an email that she could not comment on Aden's specific case due to the federal Privacy Act, "but all travellers arriving to the US are subject to CBP inspection."
"At times, travellers may be inconvenienced as we work through the arrival process to ensure those entering the country are doing so legitimately and lawfully," she said.
She pointed to the agency's nondiscrimination policy that bars race or ethnicity from being considered in screening "in all but the most exceptional circumstances".
Aden is the son of an Italian mother and Somali father. He lamented what he describes as the country's shift towards "cold, unwelcoming" policies such as President Donald Trump's travel ban.
"It just feels like ever since the talk of the travel ban it's like now there's actually - there's some tangible experience . . . of that talk," he said.
The travel ban, which seeks to block entry to the US by people from six Muslim-majority countries, is on hold after two judges issued rulings blocking it.
While he is not Muslim, Aden said such policies - and the attached rhetoric - could lead to attitudes that would make authorities suspicious of his name.
Aden, who heads a consulting firm specialising in police and criminal justice reform, said he understands Customs and Border Protection's duty, but said he was treated unfairly - especially because the detention stretched for more than an hour.
Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a Washington, DC-based independent police think tank that focuses on public policy issues, said Aden - who is a member of the organisation - was treated unfairly.
"I know Hassan. When he was a police chief and also when he was deputy chief in Alexandria. ... What I read was, he wasn't questioning them stopping him and asking him questions. What he questioned was why it took an hour and a half to resolve the situation," Wexler said.

People wait outside Paris’ Orly airport after it was evacuated following the shooting of a man by French security forces, March 18, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Flights have resumed at Paris’ Orly Airport one day after a man was shot and killed while attempting to stage a shooting attack.
Officials announced on Sunday that schedules at Orly, which is Paris’ second-biggest airport and serves domestic and international flights, were returning to “normal.”
On Saturday, a 39-year-old French national identified as Ziyed Ben Belgacem, carrying a petrol can in his backpack, grabbed a soldier’s gun and fired shots before he was gunned down by security forces.
One soldier was reportedly slightly wounded in the incident, but no one else was harmed.
Severe chaos was also caused in flight schedules for several hours following the shooting.
French anti-terror investigators, who took into custody Belgacem’s father, brother, and cousin following the incident, released the father but held the other two as they sought to build a profile of the assailant.
An autopsy is to be carried to determine if the attacker was under influence as a small amount of cocaine was found during a search of his apartment in a northern Paris suburb.
Police said Belgacem had had a record of criminal activities and had been known to authorities. Since September last year, he had been under judicial monitoring. He had also shown signs of radicalization, although there was no indication immediately that he had traveled abroad.
The Saturday shooting comes as France remains in a state of emergency over terrorist attacks. The emergency state was initially imposed in November 2015, when terrorist attacks in and around Paris killed 130 people and injured 350 others.
The emergency rule has been extended several times because the French government believes the risk of terror attacks remains high.

Deserted check-in desks are seen at the Schoenefeld airport during a strike by ground staff, in Schoenefeld, near Berlin, on March 13, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Workers at two airports in Berlin on Monday said they would extend a walkout over pay that has grounded almost all flights out of the German capital.
Service workers’ union Verdi on Sunday said it would call ground personnel at Schoenefeld and Tegel airports out on strike just two days after their last walkout on Friday.
The stoppage was slated to begin at 4:00 am (0300 GMT) Monday and last until 5:00 am (0400 GMT) Tuesday, affecting some 660 flights. But the union said in a statement Monday that it now planned to extend the walkout until early Wednesday morning.
Some 195 flights were cancelled at Schoenefeld, while 465 were affected at Tegel, airport operator FBB told AFP Monday.
“We ask all passengers to contact their airline and find out the status of their flight before setting off,” said FBB spokesman Daniel Tolksdorf.
Verdi wants higher pay for around 2,000 ground staffers in Berlin, including those registering passengers and loading baggage.
As well as Lufthansa, carriers including Air Berlin, easyJet and Ryanair serve the two airports.
Tens of thousands of passengers were stranded in Berlin on Friday.
Employees walked out twice in February as the union ratcheted up pressure.

The Malaysian Airlines international passenger flight MH370 mysteriously disappeared in March 2014. Photo / 123rf
The Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 was carrying a mysterious extra passenger who probably took control of the cockpit before plunging it into the Indian Ocean, according to a new theory which has emerged on the same day a lawsuit was filed in the US on behalf of the families of 44 people on board the missing plane.
The Boeing 777, believed to be carrying 239 passengers and crew, vanished three years ago today.
It was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Malaysia, Australia and China finally suspended an enormous search in the southern Indian Ocean in January this year after failing to find any trace of the plane.
The plane's manifest had 228 passengers listed but a volunteer investigator, Andre Milne, claims to have uncovered signs of an extra passenger.

Milne told express.co.uk: "So now we have an 'extra' person on board MH370."He said the official record says 239 people were missing but he said there were officially 226 passengers - four having failed to board - and 12 crew, which makes 238.
He added: "The extra passenger likely acted in conjunction with larger external operational support to take full command and control of the cockpit of MH370."
A spokesman for the MH370 safety investigation team said: "We are aware of this discrepancy. The actual number of passengers on-board was 227."
He said the manifest, which listed 228 passengers, was actually a computerised load sheet which was transmitted about two hours before the aircraft's departure.
"The actual figures can differ from that transmitted on the load sheet due to last minute changes," he said.
A lawsuit filed against Boeing in a US District Court in South Carolina, names seven malfunctions, from an electrical fire to depressurisation of the plane's cabin, that could have led to the crew losing consciousness, the plane's transponder stopping its transmission and the plane flying undetected until it crashed after running out of fuel.
The suit was filed by Gregory Keith, a special administrator for families who lost loved ones on the flight. It names 44 victims as plaintiffs.
The lawsuit was filed in South Carolina because Boeing has built a massive new plant in the state to build the 787 Dreamliner.
The lawsuit notes that search efforts for the plane have ended and says the lack of finality has led to unprecedented levels of "economic and non-economic losses, emotional and physical pain, distress and mental pain and suffering" for the people on the airliner and their families. It does not ask for a specific amount of damages.
The lawsuit also says Boeing did not use technology which is available that would have allowed it to be tracked at all times and made the flight and cockpit voice recorders easier to find.
Boeing knew of design flaws on the aircraft, including defective wiring near combustible sources like the emergency oxygen supply to the plane's crew, says the lawsuit.
The lawsuit goes on to say: "The defects caused and/or allowed a massive and cascading sequence of electrical failures onboard the lost plane which disabled vital systems ... making it impossible for the crew to navigate the plane or for the plane to communicate with the ground stations leaving the aircraft to fly without the ability to communicate or control the aircraft until the plane ran out of fuel."
In March last year 12 Chinese families whose relatives were aboard the flight filed a lawsuit in Beijing.
It also named Boeing and jet engine manufacturer Rolls-Roys among the defendants.
Another lawsuit on behalf of the families of 32 passengers was filed in Kuala Lumpur.
A Malaysian woman and her two young sons also sued the airline, seeking damages of $7.6million for the loss of her husband, S Puspanathan.
An Australian-based woman, Jennifer Chong, whose husband Chong Ling Tan was on the flight, filed similar claims in Australia, alleging the airline was negligent in failing to ensure passengers' safety.
The families of four more Australian passengers are seeking $200,000 (£165,000) compensation from Malaysia Airlines, according to documents filed in the Federal Court of Australia in April 2016.
In June 2016, two Malaysian boys whose father, Jee Jing Hang, was a passenger secured an out-of-court settlement in the first legal case against Malaysia Airlines and the government.
Boeing spokesman Tom Kim said it does not comment on pending lawsuits but the company said its thoughts remained with the people who died on Flight MH370.

A man attends the Day of Remembrance for MH370 event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photos / AP
As families prepare to mark the third anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 today, the final resting place of the aircraft's main body remains a mystery.
So far, only minor wreckage has been found, meaning relatives of the victims are still uncertain of where their loved ones died.
"We do not want it to be the case that MH370 vanishes without a trace," said Grace Subathirai Nathan, a Malaysian lawyer whose mother was aboard the Boeing-777.
"Planes can be replaced, but 239 lives can't," she said.
The plane, which went missing on March 8, 2014 during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, is believed to have crashed into the Indian Ocean.
"As the days roll into weeks and weeks into months, it becomes less about finding closure and more about being something to learn from.

Noting that a new Boeing-777 costs around US$300 million, Nathan said the official search effort has so far cost only half of that - around US$150 million.We should not let something like this happen again," Nathan said.
It was halted in January after an underwater sweep of some 120,000 sq km turned up no signs of the plane's main body. Malaysia, Australia and China were jointly involved in carrying out the underwater search efforts.
Families say they are not ready to concede that the missing plane is hopelessly lost, even as they insist that governments should continue to finance search operations.
"We are going to continue the search if the governments don't resume it, and that will only be confirmed when the current findings and data have been analysed," Nathan said.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau and the Joint Action Coordination Centre have been regularly updating families on their latest findings and data, the families say.
Malaysia's Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said last week at an MH370 remembrance event that funding was not an obstacle. He said financial support would be provided as long as there was credible new evidence regarding search areas.
A man writes a condolence message during the Day of Remembrance for MH370 event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.













Until now, 27 pieces of debris - including two pieces found in South Africa two weeks ago - have been found with links to MH370.
Blaine Alan Gibson, a US private investigator, has privately led search efforts and has been involved in some debris findings.
"I just did it because it needed to be done and nobody else was doing it at that point," he told DPA.
"We need to know that when we get on a plane we are just not going to disappear," he said.
"If we are not looking underwater - right now that's not happening - we are not going to find the black boxes. We need to know the crash site and [we need to find] heavy underwater debris to solve this."
Families have been supportive of his efforts, Gibson said.
"They want the truth whatever it is, and I care about them. I care about their loved ones. They have become sort of my family and have been a great inspiration to me to solve this mystery," he said.

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