The airport was sued in 2004 by The News & Observer, a North Carolina paper, and three other newspaper companies, including The New York Times and USA Today publisher Gannett, for not installing newspaper racks, and thereby violating the First Amendment rights to distribute news. Airport officials stated that the racks take up space needed for passenger flow. However, a federal appeals court has affirmed a 2004 ruling by a lower-court over the issue, reports USA Today.
James Tatum, an attorney representing the airport, said they are open to the idea of installing racks in pre-security areas, but the demand is to put them in post security, which is a potential security threat. The airport has filed a request with the appeals court which has to rehear the matter and take a decision.