Tips for skycaps OK again in Boston

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American Airlines has agreed to drop a controversial $2-per-bag fee for curbside check-in and lift a ban on tips for skycaps at Boston’s Logan International Airport.

In exchange, the skycaps at Logan will drop a federal lawsuit claiming the airline banned the tips in retaliation for their recent legal victory.

In April, a federal jury in Boston awarded nine skycaps $325,000 for tips lost when the airline implemented the baggage fee at airports nationwide.

The skycaps argued their tips dropped because passengers believed the fee was their tip.


An spokesman for American, a unit of Fort Worth, Texas-based AMR Corp., said the no-tipping policy will be rescinded as of June 15, the day a new $15 fee for the first piece of checked luggage each way is implemented. The fee applies to certain domestic customers who buy tickets June 15 and later.

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