FLIERS WITH NO OVERHEAD BAGS BOARD AMERICAN FLIGHTS EARLIER
American Airlines has announced a change in boarding procedures system wide to allow earlier boarding for passengers who are carrying only small items that will fit under the seat in front of them. Currently those passengers are boarding in whatever their assigned group is. With the change, they’ll board ahead of Boarding Group 2.
Passengers who need to store luggage or packages in the overhead bin will board with their assigned boarding group. The concept was tested earlier this year in Austin, Baltimore, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Kansas City, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Washington Dulles.
“The test received overwhelmingly positive feedback from American’s customers, and agents like the new process because it allows for smoother and quicker boarding for everyone, ”the airline said in a statement. “American expects to see a notable reduction in average boarding time per flight with the new boarding process.”
Of course, many passengers will still be able to board ahead of those without overhead baggage, including first class, uniformed military, AAdvantage members and business class. And the airline is offering anyone the opportunity to upgrade to Group 1 boarding for a fee.