Boarding pass - different time shown

Old May 1, 19, 12:47 pm
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Boarding pass - different time shown


i took an Aer Lingus flight recently. The time shown on the boarding time was the gate *closing time* instead of the boarding time! Almost missed my flight :-(

Anyone know why they do that? Good to know if any other airline does that ....
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Old May 2, 19, 12:08 am
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Looking at my Apple wallet I have old boarding passes for BA, EI, AA and EK flights.

EI shows the (final) boarding time and the other three show the flight departure time.

Not sure if paper boarding passes are different but personally I prefer that the EI pass shows the boarding time - eg on my last LHR-DUB flight we left the gate 10 mins early and landed 29 mins ahead of schedule 👍
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Old May 2, 19, 2:21 am
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Originally Posted by wong8888 View Post

i took an Aer Lingus flight recently. The time shown on the boarding time was the gate *closing time* instead of the boarding time! Almost missed my flight :-(

Anyone know why they do that? Good to know if any other airline does that ....
Without meaning to sound cheeky it's so you know not to miss your flight. Whereas the gate closing time set on the boarding passes I think is set slightly early on purpose to get people to the gate for early departure (for example my 21:10 flight from LHR tonight has a gate close time of 20:40, I'm pretty certain they can't close the gate that early if someone hasn't boarded, I think they need to wait till at least 20 mins before on SH flights).
I prefer a gate closing indicator rather than nominal boarding time as usually can get this from the screens in the airport and gate closing time gives you a cut off time but that's just me I can see arguments for both (ideally they could give you multiple times like BA).
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Old May 2, 19, 3:18 am
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The airport issued boarding cards (and I can only talk about the ones with Aer Lingus in the green band at the top show
1. Gate Closes (-25 minutes to departure) boarding in Dublin starts at least 35 minutes before departure if there are no hold ups
2. Time (departure)

This is the standard online boarding pass. Boarding time and departure time clearly shown
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Old May 2, 19, 4:12 am
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Interesting that they place different time stamp types on different boarding passes (Boarding on paper on the online BP, gate close on the app).
Slightly off topic but I do find it curious seeing frequent fliers use online paper printed BPs instead of the app these days. Each to their own obviously but printing the online one seems like added hassle to me.
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Old May 2, 19, 4:21 am
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Multi city, need I say more there is work in progress to fix this

Plus Dusseldorf has serious issues with mobile boarding passes getting rejected and in turn the manifest gets messed up and according to Aer Lingus there are flights I never flew on as a result even though Aer Lingus admit I purchased food onboard...
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Old May 5, 19, 10:30 pm
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Originally Posted by wong8888 View Post
The time shown on the boarding time was the gate *closing time* instead of the boarding time! Almost missed my flight :-(
This seems to imply that you were already at the airport but just didnít go to the gate until the time indicated.

I have never understood some passengersí reluctance to show up ahead of time....
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Old May 6, 19, 5:53 am
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Originally Posted by Dambus View Post

Not sure if paper boarding passes are different but personally I prefer that the EI pass shows the boarding time
I prefer that also but if people read their boarding pass it clearly shows on the proper EI check in printed boarding pass ''Gate Closes'' . So most people would know to be there 10 mins before. Also to keep an eye on the FIDS.


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