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Judge: Feds Illegally Suspended 'Trusted Traveler' New Yorkers

JFK airport
Mark Lennihan
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AP
Travelers wait in line at JFK airport in New York.

A federal judge has ruled the Department of Homeland Security illegally ejected more than 800,000 New Yorkers from the trusted traveler security programs that let travelers avoid long security lines at airports.

The judge called the exclusion of New York from the programs arbitrary and capricious, and says any lingering effects must be eliminated.

He says the federal government undermined the core constitutional and democratic values in the Administrative Procedure Act.

The judge also acknowledged that the issue was moot, as the federal government restored the program for New Yorkers in July.