A New York state law that guaranteed passengers stranded by long tarmac delays basic services such as food and clean restrooms has been overturned by a federal appeals court that said only the federal government can enact such laws.
The ruling by the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling stops New York state from applying the passenger rights law it passed last year that forces airlines to provide basic services for boarded passengers grounded for more than three hours. The penalty of failing to provide such services would have been $1,000 per passenger.
"If New York's view regarding the scope of its regulatory authority carried the day, another state could be free to enact a law prohibiting the service of soda on flights departing from its airports, while another could require allergen-free food options on its outbound flights, unraveling the centralized federal framework for air travel," the court stated in its ruling.
New York state Democratic lawmaker and passenger rights law sponsor Michael Gianaris promised to appeal the ruling.