While standing at the gate waiting to board my Lufthansa flight from Vancouver to Munich, I thought I should put pen to paper and express my views on a familiar situation. The issue concerns airlines allowing passengers with children to board before the rest of us. It seems to me that none of the airlines are applying a sensible approach to this.
I would have thought that the system is for people travelling with young children, who need time to settle in before other guests are allowed to board, and presumably this would assist in streamlining the boarding process for everybody else.
However, as happened in Vancouver, much older children are also allowed to board early. There is no attempt to apply a sensible approach, which I would have thought would be something like only families with children under, say, eight years of age should be allowed to board early.
I observed several families boarding early with children who would easily have been above eight years. The rest of us just had to wait, even those of us who had paid for premium seats. It seems to me that allowing this makes a mockery of the whole process.
Jeff Carswell, Denmark