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Flight attendants given right to sue Northwest Airlines over smoking onboard.

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A federal appeals court has ruled that nonsmoking flight attendants may file a suit against Northwest Airlines for allowing smoking on trans-Pacific flights.

Up to 4,000 flight attendants may be awarded damages after being required to work in air containing tobacco smoke for several years after smoking was banned by the airline on its domestic flights in 1988.

Northwest Airlines does not agree with the ruling and is considering appealing said airline spokesman Jon Austin.

Northwest Airlines now prohibits smoking on all of its flights - both international and domestic.

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