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A federal appeals court Tuesday struck down a New York law mandating that airline passengers stranded on a tarmac for more than three hours receive access to on-board restrooms, food, water and fresh air.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in its ruling, said the issue falls under national regulations regarding air travel and airspace management. If the law were allowed, it said, “another state could be free to enact a law prohibiting the service of soda.”
Then-New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer signed the measure into law in 2007 after its passage by the state legislature. The law followed an incident at John F. Kennedy International Airport in which airline passengers were confined in a plane stranded on the tarmac for up to 10 hours. Some passengers claimed they had no access to food, water or bathrooms.
--From CNN’s Alyse Shorland