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Everyone knows that out at sea there are 'technically' no laws. Many people have just disappeared from cruise liners over the years some of them very likely in suspicious circumstances but the instances are rarely investigated by the ships security and law agencies never become involved because they argue its not their jurisdiction or responsibility. Obviously this is not acceptable to the families of the victims.

There are laws in aviation regardless of where the aircraft is. Why such a drastic difference in the law between travel by sea and air? Dont Know

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VegasFlyer Chief Captain

There are much more aircrafts in the sky than ships in the water, plus most of the ships that are sailing across the oceans are merchant ships and most of the ocean's area is an international waterway so basically everybody can use it. Countries control movement ion the seas only around 200 miles from their shore.

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Germán Campopiano (Oberkomando) Chief Captain

VegasFlyer wrote:

There are much more aircrafts in the sky than ships in the water, plus most of the ships that are sailing across the oceans are merchant ships and most of the ocean's area is an international waterway so basically everybody can use it. Countries control movement ion the seas only around 200 miles from their shore.

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antone First Officer

Jamie4590 wrote:

Everyone knows that out at sea there are 'technically' no laws. Many people have just disappeared from cruise liners over the years some of them very likely in suspicious circumstances but the instances are rarely investigated by the ships security and law agencies never become involved because they argue its not their jurisdiction or responsibility. Obviously this is not acceptable to the families of the victims.

There are laws in aviation regardless of where the aircraft is. Why such a drastic difference in the law between travel by sea and air? Dont Know

It's worth reading the following article:

http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mlawofsea.html

Basically ships outside of territorial waters are subject to the laws of the country whose flag they fly. I would imagine aircraft are the same. Well, except we hope they'd be over the international waters rather than in them, but you get the idea Laughing

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