American Airlines fights false rumor regarding military

It sounds like another of those "greedy airline" stories that are always so popular around the water cooler: American Airlines is forcing service members heading to combat duty in Iraq to pay baggage fees for checking duffel bags loaded with military equipment.

It's a great story, except that it’s largely untrue.

The tale, which has careened around online message boards and blogs in recent weeks, has spurred a flood of angry e-mails and phone calls to American. On Internet forums, the Fort Worth-based airline has been castigated and accused of being unpatriotic, and some have called for its executives to resign.

"What an insult to the military," lamented one commentator on consumerist. com. "I can't think of a better reason than this to cancel my Admiral's Club membership," another angrily states.

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