The Luftsicherheitsgesetz (German for Aviation Security Act) is a German law created in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks which came into force on 2005-01-15. ยง 14 (3) would have granted the Bundeswehr permission to use weapons against commercial airliners once their designation as a weapon by hijackers had become apparent. However, the clause was declared unconstitutional by the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany on 2005-02-15. The court affirmed that the sacrifice of innocent lives to the benefit of another group violated the unconditionally protected human dignity under Article 1 of the German Constitution.

See also

  • de:Urteil des Bundesverfassungsgerichts zum Luftsicherheitsgesetz 2005
  • Trolley problem

External links

  • Full text of the law
  • Press release of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany

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