Show Up Extra Early to the Gate
I don’t know if this is a new trend or what, but lately, I’ve noticed airlines starting the boarding process earlier than what’s printed on the boarding pass. It’s great to get planes out early but it’s not fun if you have elite status or have paid for pre-boarding so you get the coveted overhead bin space and then you miss the early boarding. I’ve had this happen multiple times recently on American Airlines and again last week on British Airways.
Last week in London, I thought I was hearing things when there was a PA announcement making the final boarding call for BA342 to Nice. It was 15 minutes before boarding was supposed to even commence! Half the plane’s passengers including me and my wife started running through Heathrow’s corridor just in time to catch a bus to the plane.
Has this happened to you?
FYI: The gate above is #81 at Newark Liberty, which our editor flew out of to Newcastle, England, this summer.
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