justice State passenger bill of rights law struck down: Who needs food and water, anyway?

Passenger bill of rights (PBOR) advocates were dealt a blow today, when a federal appeals court overturned New York’s PBOR law. Why? The state law is superseded by the federal Airline Deregulation Act of 1978, so the state legislature is deemed unable to re-regulate the airlines.

The challenge to the New York law was brought by the Air Transport Association of America, the industry trade group that represents many U.S. airlines.

As Sam Glover notes:

While the Second Circuit’s interpretation of the preemption clause in the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 seems at least reasonable, I have to wonder whether the air travel industry would have been better off losing this case. Now they just look like inhuman jerks who do not want to be bothered with giving trapped passengers some very basic creature comforts. Like air to breathe and a place to pee.

Fixing this at a state level may not work, after all. This will require leadership at the federal level. Write your House Representative. And your Senators, too.

(Thanks to Sam and Lar!)


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4 Responses to “State passenger bill-of-rights law struck down: Who needs food and water, anyway?”

  1. From the Mind of J Says:

    I should see which airlines were represented here, and be sure to boycott them.

  2. Mark Ashley Says:

    Here you go:

    From the ATA’s own website, here’s a list.

    “The Air Transport Association is the only trade organization of the principal U.S. airlines. We have recently expanded membership to include airline-related companies.”

    ATA Airline Members

    ABX Air, Inc. (GB)
    Alaska Airlines, Inc. (AS)
    Aloha Airlines, Inc. (AQ)
    American Airlines, Inc. (AA)
    ASTAR Air Cargo, Inc. (ER)
    Atlas Air, Inc. (5Y)
    Continental Airlines, Inc. (CO)
    Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DL)
    Evergreen International Airlines, Inc. (EZ)
    Federal Express Corporation (FX)
    Hawaiian Airlines (HA)
    JetBlue Airways Corp. (B6)
    Midwest Airlines (YX)
    Northwest Airlines, Inc. (NW)
    Southwest Airlines Co. (WN)
    United Airlines, Inc. (UA)
    UPS Airlines (5X)
    US Airways, Inc. (US)

    Associate Airline Members

    Air Canada (AC)
    Air Jamaica Ltd. (JM)
    Mexicana (MX)

    Industry Partners

    Boeing Commercial Airplanes
    Honeywell Aerospace
    Pratt & Whitney

    Industry Members

    Aero Instruments & Avionics, Inc.
    Aircraft Inventory Management & Services
    Airline Intelligence Systems Inc.
    American Express Company
    Arch Insurance
    ATR Aircraft
    BAE Systems
    Benfield insurance
    Bombardier Regional Aircraft
    EMS Technologies
    ENSCO, Inc.
    HEICO Corporation
    IBM Global Travel & Transportation
    IPC (USA), Inc.
    Liberty Mutual Insurance
    Metron Aviation
    RK Harrison Insurance Brokers Ltd.
    The Royal Bank of Scotland, plc
    Sensis Corporation
    TDG Aerospace
    TIMCO Aviation Services
    Transtech Airport Solutions
    UGS PLM (Siemens)
    Unisys Global Transportation
    Universal Air Travel Plan (UATP)
    USI Insurance
    Valcor Engineering Corporation
    WinWare, Inc.
    World Fuel Services

  3. From the Mind of J Says:

    God damn… even Midwest and JetBlue. Well, I better get used to driving.

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