3/17/2010

A federal appeals court has ruled that Raleigh-Durham International Airport violated the First Amendment when it banned newspaper vending machines in 2004. A three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals said the ban was a "significant restriction on protected expression" and was not justified by security concerns. In addition to re-installing the vending machines, RDU was ordered to pay the legal costs of four newspaper companies that filed the suit. The airport has several options for appeal, and "we are reviewing the decision with our attorney and advising our board members," according to a spokesman.

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