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Discussion in 'American Airlines | AAdvantage' started by uggboy, Mar 21, 2013.
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|| American Airlines Tests New Boarding Procedure ||
If they would just enforce the normal boarding policy and turn away those who are trying to board out of group, it would make the boarding process faster and more efficient.
When the GA continues to allow Group 4 or whatever to board with First and EXP vs turning them away it does nothing to deter them from doing it again.
Having flown FL for the first time in recent years, I have to appreciate their zone assignment process. Back to front, roughly. So if you're not elite (Zone 2, following Business Class in Zone 1), you can choose - sit in the back, board earlier and get overhead space... or sit near the front, board later and hope. This makes people think about seat assignment (or perhaps punishes them for not selecting seats) and provides discernible benefits to elites, much like AA's boarding of F/EXP, PLT, GLD/PA... then everyone else.
The last time I flew VX (about a year ago), they did this at boarding. I thought it worked well enough, expect for the @$$ who boarded first then threw his giant laptop bag and giant coat in the overhead anyway. Of course, I personally never saw any need to get on a plane early if I didn't need the overhead bin space.
How is this different from any other airline?
Wouldn't it be better to board those with overhead only carry on first?
I like this idea, though it's questionable whether the "gate lice" who clog up the area are going to back off and let the no-overhead-bags people through, any more than they do for First Class or elites. I'm sick of having to elbow my way through the crowd. The GAs need to make people sit down (or at least back up and clear a path) until their group is called.
+1, and isn't it just going to be the same old scrum once everyone is on board? If given the chance to put everything in the overhead compartment, the people with minimal baggage will probably want to do that and conserve their leg space. Therefore, wouldn't it exacerbate the situation when people with the larger bags come on board and start moving others' baggage? Maybe they should enforce the 1 carry-on + 1 personal item rule and be done with it.
I routinely see people board AA flights with Zone 5 boarding passes that have seats in the back of the plane.
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Not if you want to incent people to not bring carryons for the overheads.
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Does AA do window/middle/aisle rather than back to front for non-elite boarding?
I'm honestly not sure. For all I know it may be random.
I don't think this has anything to do with expediting boarding or your personal convenience. This has more to do with rewarding people who aren't taking up overhead space.
Yes, but how is it a "reward" if those people can't get through the mob at the gate to board the plane early? That's my point.
It's a "mob" because of two primary things:
1. Airport gate design, where gate areas are rather small. Not just size, but there are around 50 seats in the area for flights that have anywhere from 50 to 450 people per flight.
2. There is a huge "MOVE IT!" mentality the moment you arrive at the airport. From the time you're dropped off outside, to the security checkpoint, to the boarding process, to sitting down on the plane (how many times have we been asked during boarding to hurry up?), it's in everyone's best interest that passengers hurry up. Including being ready to board at the gate.
Most people don't start congregating at the gate entrance until about five minutes before boarding, when they make the "heads-up" announcement. If wading through people bothers you that greatly, I'd suggest getting to the gate a few minutes earlier, because the mentality and physical structure around boarding is not going to change anytime soon.
True enough, the choice appears to be, either you wade through people or they wade through you.
Interesting... I wonder if they still do this? I can't recall my last AA flight...
They are still doing this. Honestly, not sure why anyone would be motivated to do this. If I have checked bags and no carry on items (which is usually the case when I check bags,) I am likely to be the last person on the plane. Why on earth would I want to be on the plane earlier than everyone if I do not have a roll-aboard bag?
I'm not sure I agree... I like to board first so I can settle in my seat, maybe have a nap...
Now I know one of the reasons someone would do this.
Me too with the napping. I usually view boarding as a check mark on my to do list at the airport. Security, check. Board, check. Plug in my phone in seat to charge, check. Now to mentally focus on other things.
Oh and I've seen them board this way at DFW at the gate next to mine on my last MR. Maybe they're randomly testing out?
I'm with Jane3; I board early so I can stow my bag(s) where i want, check emails, and if necessary open the laptop and respond to same.