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Not So Friendly Skies: Second Circuit Strikes Down New York's Airline Passenger Bill Of Rights

Citing federal preemption laws, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals struck down New York's attempt to restore some friendliness to the skies.  Reacting after two ugly situations where airline passengers were stuck on the tarmac in New York without water, food or toilet facilities for up to 10 hours, the New York legislature passed the Airline Passenger's Bill of Rights.  Both incidents occurred at Kennedy International Airport, the second after passengers were stranded on the ground during an ice storm.

The Second Circuit said such laws were solely within the province of the United States Congress and the Federal Aviation Administration.  I'd add here that the airlines themselves could have employed something called "customer service" to avoid the fiasco, but I'd be repeating myself.

According to Pete Yost's Associated Press article, "A recent federal report showed that about 24 percent of flights nationally arrived late in the first 10 months of last year, which was the industry's second-worst performance record since comparable data began being collected in 1995.  Kennedy airport had the third-worst on-time arrival record of any major U.S. airport through October, behind the New York area's other two major airports, LaGuardia and Newark, according to the report."

Maybe it's time the politicians got off the campaign trail and back into the Senate to pass some laws? 

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Tuesday, March 25, 2008

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