Airlines sued over DVT

Qantas, British Airways, KLM and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority are being sued for failing to warn passengers of the dangers of DVT blood clots on long-haul flights.

Three test cases, to be heard in the Victorian courts involving a South African and two Victorians, are described by the law firm Slater and Gordon as a world first, ABC News Online reports today.

The action follows the death of 24-year-old Briton Emma Christofferson last year after a flight home from Australia.

Salter & Gordon says it believes there are around 3,000 potential cases involving 19 airlines.