This is the USA, a free-market economy where supply and demand should dictate the hourly wages and salaries. The manufacturing jobs are going overseas due to ridiculous wages being demanded by the unions, I recently toured a GM plan that is closing in Sparks, NV. This plan has fork-lift operators earning $60,000+ a year. GM is relocating to a newer buidling that does not have any mechanical racking systems, all parts will be handpicked by Union members verus the prior building in which a robot picked the part.
It is nice to finally see more check-in kiosks at the airports, this technology has been around for ever yet how come it has taken so long for airlines to slowly roll-out this kiosks and only in certain markets? The power of the Unions.
What do you think the skycaps get paid? and who pays them? the airline or the airport? maybe we should rely more on skycaps, on-line checkin, and kiosks.