When traveling with small children, there is one thing I appreciate ever so much and that is early boarding. It is a bit of a struggle to check-in with your children when you have a stroller, car seat and carry-on luggage in addition to your darlings. It’s a handful! That extra 15 minutes gives me enough time to line them up, get my documents out, check in, get the kids in their seats and luggage safely stowed before everyone else begins their boarding.
Unfortunately, one airline doesn’t seem to find this a necessity as they are eliminating early boarding for families. According to USA Today, families who are traveling economy, business or first class will now be required to board with everyone else.
The airline adopted their policy in April 2012, “to simplify the boarding process and to reduce the overall number of boarding groups,” says United spokesman Charles Hobart.
Most airlines in the USA like Virgin America, Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways still allow families with small children to board before the other passengers.
American Airlines does not however offer this convenience, but will help those who need additional assistance. US Airways has also dropped the official family preboarding as of last year but will allow them on earlier then the other passengers.
I can only assume that Continental will follow in United Airlines’ footsteps as the companies recently merged.
What do you think of this new policy?