American to Allow Passengers With Little Baggage to Board Early

By Jesse Sokolow on 16 May 2013
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American's terminal at JFK

American’s terminal at JFK

American Airlines said it was implementing a new boarding process that allows passengers with little or no baggage to board earlier in the process.  Passengers traveling with one personal carry-on item that is able to fit under the seat in front of them are now allowed to board before Group 2.

The new process also allows passengers who wish to board early to gate-check a larger carry-on bag for free.

The process was tested earlier this year at American Airlines gates in Austin, Baltimore, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Washington-Dulles, and Kansas City, Missouri.  The tests received positive reviews from passengers, and the airline expects to see a notable reduction in average boarding time per flight with the new process.

American Airlines recently introduced new fare choices with perks including preferred seating, early boarding, and same-day flight changes, expanded its next-generation kiosks with self-tag capabilities for checked baggage, and introduced more power outlets onboard its aircraft.

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