March 26, 2008

According to the Associated Press, New York State's Airline Passenger Bill of Rights has been overturned by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The law, which guaranteed access to food, water, fresh air, electrical power and working rest room facilities for New York state airline passengers whose flights had left the gate and had been waiting to take off for three or more hours, was signed into law by former Governor Eliot Spitzer in August of 2007. The law was challenged by the Air Transport Association of America, an industry group that represents the major U.S. airlines. According to AP, the law was overturned on the grounds that it intervened in areas that only the federal government is authorized to regulate.

Virgin America began offering three daily flights between San Francisco International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport last week. Starting April 8, the carrier will add three daily roundtrips between Seattle and Los Angeles International Airport.