Let's face it, aircraft boarding these days is often a vexing, unruly process involving shoving, elbowing and walking that resembles running.
All these unpleasant antics just for an aisle or window seat and space for your baggage in the overhead bin!
AA Boarding Changes
Now American Airlines has introduced changes in its boarding process to let passengers who are traveling light to board earlier.
Launched across its entire network in the U.S., AA's new procedure will let travelers with one personal carry-on item that fits under the seat in front of them board before its Group 2 passengers.
Apparently, the new boarding process was tested earlier this year at American Airlines' gates at airports in Austin, Texas (AUS), Baltimore (BWI), Denver (DEN), Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (FLL), Kansas City, Mo. (MCI), Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) and Washington-Dulles (IAD).
It seems AA customers and staff got positive feedback of the new process because it allows for smoother and quicker boarding for everyone.
The airline thinks time saved during boarding will allow its planes to push back from the gate earlier, resulting in a more timely departure and arrival of flights.
American hopes to see a significant reduction in average boarding time per flight with the new boarding process.
Don't be surprised to see AA's new boarding process being adopted by other airlines soon.