US federal court in New York upheld a passenger rights law passed earlier this year by the state legislature and signed by Gov. Eliot Spitzer, rejecting the Air Transport Assn.'s assertion that states do not have the authority to regulate airlines. The law, the first of its kind in the US, is set to take effect Jan. 1 and enables the state government to impose fines of up to $1,000 per passenger against airlines operating at JFK, LaGuardia and other New York airports. It requires carriers to ...

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