Raleigh-Durham airport allows news racks

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Raleigh News & Observer reports that Raleigh-Durham International Airport has stopped contesting a First Amendment lawsuit and has allowed coin-operated news racks to be installed in passenger areas.

USA Today, The New York Times and the News & Observer sued the airport authority in 2004 after officials said newspapers could be purchased only in airport shops. Travelers leaving early or arriving late were out of luck when the shops were shuttered.

A federal district judge ruled in 2008 that the ban on news racks violated the First Amendment freedom of the press to distribute news. The airport’s appeal failed and travelers can now plunk their coins into vending boxes.

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