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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.

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An spokesman for American, a unit of Fort Worth, Texas-based AMR Corp., said the no-tipping policy will be rescinded as of June 15, the day a new $15 fee for the first piece of checked luggage each way is implemented.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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