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Getting to the front of the line must be more lucrative than whatever these cab drivers paid the Massport employees, but certainly not enough to cover whatever fines they’ll be slapped with.

A grand jury has indicted five employees of the Massachusetts Port Authority for allegedly taking bribes from cab drivers and letting them cut ahead of other taxis to pick up passengers at Logan International Airport.

The five men face charges including soliciting or accepting a bribe as a public employee and soliciting or accepting an unlawful gratuity as a public employee.

The defendants, all employed as Ground Transportation Unit agents at Logan and known as “cab starters,” are accused of allowing drivers to skip the sometimes lengthy wait at the airport’s taxi pool in exchange for cash.

The defendants are scheduled to be arraigned May 24.

Massport CEO Thomas Glynn says the agency will “not tolerate abuse of the public’s trust.” The workers have been suspended without pay.

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