Ban On Airport Newspaper Racks Tramples On First Amendment, Rules Court

raleigh_airport_3.16.10.jpgWhen the Raleigh Durham International Airport in North Carolina decided to ban newspaper racks throughout the airport, a group of U.S. papers including the Raleigh News & Observer, Durham Herald-Sun, New York Times, and USA Today decided to take it up with the courts. The airport explained that they had chosen to remove the racks because they posed a security threat, acted as an obstruction to traffic, and hurt revenue for airport stores and kiosks also selling newspapers.

The U.S. Appeals Court, however, ruled that the ban on newspaper racks violates the first amendment, claiming that the airport’s concerns over revenue and safety “do not counterbalance its significant restriction on protected expression.”