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  1. RJ Brown
    RJ Brown at |

    It really shouldn’t matter to most passengers but I can see a value to the airline as if it helps have less people miss connections and theoretically this would then everyone is better off…..it’s a story only a true bean counter would appreciate……….

  2. AAExPlat
    AAExPlat at |

    I think this may cause some issues. Agree with the guy tweeting AA with his concern. What is likely to happen is:

    1) for many folks with 2 carryons to attempt boarding early

    2) for many folks with 1 carryon to put in in the overhead bin anyway

    3) for FAs to have to police this, which will be impossible

    The losers are business travelers that are boarding late (either due to lack of status or due to late inbound connection).

    What’s really behind this is most likely a drive for more ancillary revenue by bribing pax to pay to check a bag so they can board in group 2…

    We will see how it pans out…

  3. Engineer
    Engineer at |

    You can only move as fast as the slowest person in front of you. By letting fast people on first, you can save time. What your missing is if you can save 2-3 minutes per flight for 1000 flights per day you can adjust your a/c routings to take advantage of the newly available a/c utilization time. That potential added revenue is huge. And business customers wont change airlines over this.

    But I agree with other posters, this requires FAs to enforce the rules and be proactive about coats and other small items, and we know they aren’t very good at that.

  4. Tech Trainer
    Tech Trainer at |

    > What your (sic) missing is if you can save 2-3 minutes per flight for 1000 flights per day you can adjust your a/c routings

    He didn’t miss it. He addressed this point directly.

  5. Curtis
    Curtis at |

    Those saying “business travelers”, must not be meaning “business class”, right? FAs are SUPPOSED to not allow economy fliers to put their bags in the overhead bin of business/first class. If you want to be sure you have room to put your bag on the plane and get going fast after landing, then get on the plane quicker and sit longer for that benefit. If you miss a connection and have to check it, then there will always be the possibility there isn’t room for your bag in overhead still. This policy doesn’t change that.

  6. Gene
    Gene at |

    Coach dweller problem… 🙂

  7. Nick
    Nick at |

    I try to board really late these days. The current boarding process on most airlines just stresses me out.

  8. Adam
    Adam at |

    I disagree that there is no incentive to board early unless you are vying for prime overhead space. I rarely bring anything larger than what will fit under the seat. But, I still really want to board as early as possible. I don’t have to wait in line in the freezing cold or oppressive heat on the jetway. I don’t have to wait for people to fidget with their belongings trying to find space right above their seat. I don’t have to go climbing over people or make them get up to get to my window seat. Did I mention I hate waiting in lines? I just want to get in my seat and out of everyone’s way. I always sit in a window seat, and it’s my little cocoon away from the chaos of boarding. I want to get in that cocoon as quickly and as early as possible and bury myself into a good book or some other distraction.

  9. Ryan
    Ryan at |

    Not only FAs policing onboard, but what about GAs policing people who stroll up to the doorway with a too-large bag (or too many)? Now you have to turn them around or make them step aside, which is another potential bottleneck.

  10. RJ Brown
    RJ Brown at |

    Unless you are in FC you are just screwed today…….AA boarding so comical as they call off all the priority boarding……then at the end it is “for the three people who did not qualify for early boarding you may now board”…….good luck with that……

  11. Steve
    Steve at |

    FA’s need to be the bad guys and kick people’s coats, backpacks, and bouquets of flowers out of the overheads.

    There are other reasons to want to board early. I’m with @Adam; I just want to get the boarding process over with and start reading my book or trying to sleep.

  12. omatraveler
    omatraveler at |

    Frontier does this already so AA is copying. The process seems to work fine from the flights I was on, although a few people would take advantage by either placing their small carry on in the overhead or not leaving the bigger bag at the bottom of the jetway.

  13. AAExPlat
    AAExPlat at |

    Seth. Why solicit a response from readers only to douche some of them (in this case me) publicly? Lesson learned and note taken. My last comment of any kind of substance here.

  14. DaveS
    DaveS at |

    At the margin 2-3 minutes per flight will slightly improve on-time performance statistics. Every so often that will make the difference between being on time or not.

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