- Category: Travel
- Created on 12 May 2013
- Written by The Travelin Diva (Kirstin N. Fuller)
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Today…American Airlines made it official and extended preferential boarding to customers flying with small or no carry-on bags (bag must fit underneath the seat in front of you).
Beginning today, the carrier says customers not needing to stow a bag in its overhead storage bins will now be able to board in the Group 1 and Group 2 boarding groups.
American says it successfully tested the new process at seven airports earlier this year and has now rolled out the change system wide in an effort to reduce boarding times. American says customers at the gate who decide they’d like to board prior to Group 2 will be able to gate-check their carry-on bag at no charge.
American says the new boarding process received “overwhelmingly positive feedback” in tests at conducted at the following airports: Austin, Baltimore/Washington, Fort Lauderdale, Kansas City, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Washington Dulles.
American Airlines’ customers can still bring a carry-on bag for free, but they won’t be able to board prior to Group 2 if the bag must go in the carrier’s overhead storage bins.
It’s more important than ever to learn how to pack efficiently. ■