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Court Tosses Suit Over Cashless Flight Policy

A New Jersey court has thrown out a lawsuit that claimed an airline was at fault for not accepting cash on its flights.

 Continental Airlines plane
Continental Airlines plane (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Michael Rosen sued Continental Airlines after he was unable to buy a set of headphones or alcohol using cash on a flight from Honolulu to Newark in 2010.

He sued for breach of contract, unlawful discrimination against low-income people who don’t possess credit cards and violation of New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act.

A lower court judge dismissed the case and Rosen appealed.

In Monday’s appeals court ruling, the three-judge panel concluded that federal airline deregulation law pre-empts claims under state law.

It also ruled Rosen didn’t have standing to bring a class action on behalf of low-income people.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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