United Airlines Is Changing The Way We Board Flights, It Makes A Lot Of Sense!
All aboard! Not so fast
If you have flown lately, then you are very much aware that the boarding process is the absolute worst. You have to wait in lines from A-to D, then you have to get in the correct seat number slot from 1-60 and just hope that you have a seat left that isn’t in the rear of the plane nearest the bathroom. Well, good news is on the way from United Airlines. They have announced that they are changing the way we board flights and it makes a lot of sense.
What took so long?
The gate experience has been a “blank show” for quite a while. You hear the boarding announcement for your flight, then listen to the gate captain announce that will be boarding momentarily. If you’re a member in good standing of the airline’s Medallion or Safire Club or are holding a first class ticket, then congrats because you will be boarding first, followed by families traveling with small children and then active military. Everybody else? Take a seat till we call your section!
Now these are really friendly skies!
In what some might see as an obvious move, United Airlines is making what media outlets are painting as a big change to its boarding process: Passengers with window seats will board first. Well, they’ll still board after everyone who is allowed to pre-board, plus all the fancy passengers (business class, first class, certain credit card holders, et cetera). But they’ll board before those with middle or aisle seats (as will those in exit rows), the New York Times reports.
The process is for some reason referred to as WILMA for “window, middle, aisle,” because after the window seat holders, it’s the middle seat sitters who board next, followed by those in the aisle seats. The final group allowed to board the plane will be those in basic economy, a fare type that does not include a carry-on bag, or anyone without a boarding group listed on their boarding pass, Travel + Leisure reports.
Makes sense to me, how about you?
I like this process for a lot of reasons. first it’s smart to load the window rows first. This way the person doesn’t have to crawl over the aisle and middle person to get to their seat. It only makes me wonder how long it will be before the other airlines catch on and start charging a premium for the window and aisle seats? One thing is for sure, they will find a way to squeeze more bucks out of you not having to squeeze into your window seat anymore.