Judge okays class action over skycap tips

02/5/2010 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that skycaps across the country may join a Massachusetts class-action suit against American Airlines. Hundreds of skycaps say their earnings plunged after American imposed a $2 charge for curbside bag checks, and a jury in Boston has already awarded $325,000 to nine local skycaps. Other airlines have been named in similar suits, but Wednesday's decision marks the first time that a class has been certified in such a case. A spokesman for American says the carrier "respectfully disagrees" with the ruling and is considering an appeal.

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