In a stunning development, a federal judge has granted emergency relief to a woman whose flight to New York was canceled for her to spend the day in Hawaii.
The ruling was announced Monday, the day after the U.S. government shut down the flight between New York and Hawaii, citing concerns about domestic terrorism.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had asked for the relief and the ruling comes as a group of American Muslim women filed a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration over the cancellation.
The group is represented by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The lawsuit says the FAA violated the First Amendment rights of the women by notifying them of the cancellation before they boarded their flights.
The case was brought by the women’s attorneys, who contend that the agency violated their rights to privacy and free speech.
The FAA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The New York Daily News reports that a federal appeals court panel unanimously ruled in January that the FAA’s notice to the women should have been given before the flight.
That ruling was not widely publicized, the newspaper says.
The court ordered the FAA to provide more information to the group.
The airline says it will appeal the decision.