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New Boarding Process- has anyone noticed an improvement?

Old Aug 28, 2015, 2:41 am
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Originally Posted by lost_in_translation
I congratulate BA on the improved boarding system and the attempt to provide something of value to premium passengers in particular which helps to justify CE (let's hope that they do now enforce this going forward!), but I still feel like the system is slightly broken for shorthaul when priority boarding is offered as a prize.

If in CE, I'd ideally like to spend as little time with my legs rammed into 31 inches of legroom as possible, rather than boarding first! Given there's no pre-departure beverage in CE, it seems the only rewards you get with priority boarding are avoiding a possibly long queue and ensuring that your hand luggage has space, which really should be guaranteed for CE passengers anyway. Would much rather BA properly policed people outside CE placing baggage in the CE cabin and so allowed CE passengers to board as late as possible without having to worry their baggage won't fit in the lockers.
+1. I used to go out of my way to fly BA instead of EZ or FR because you had a reserved seat and could board at the last minute because of that. (These were the days when there was always room overhead).

Nowadays there is never room overhead on BA you have to get in a queue to make sure your bag gets up top. EZ and FR now offer reserved seating and they have the bag situation under much better control and so for the past year they have had my custom (weekly commute), not BA.
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Old Aug 29, 2015, 11:48 am
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Flew MAN-LHR-TXL on Sunday 23rd and back on Friday 28th in CE/Business UK.

At MAN outbound, the flight was from Gate 9, where there was plenty of space to manage the queues and the new system seemed to be employed and working things might have been different at one of the 14x gates. The flight seemed to be fairly full, but I had an what seemed to be one of very few empty middle seats beside me - a possible effect of being silver with checked bag, or just a coincidence.

At LHR the new system was in full operation, CE before anyone else and others (I think including Golds), turned away to rejoin the queue at the back.

At TXL, I was one of the last through security, so missed the early stages of boarding, but I didn't notice any signs about boarding order.

At LHR for the flight to MAN, the sign was there, Business UK went first, and I did see some people turned back.

Despite all this, you still got people blicking the aisle whilst they arranged their belongings. Perhaps a couple of inches more seat pitch would have given them room to turn round in their seat space and leave the aisle clear.
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Old Aug 29, 2015, 12:13 pm
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Originally Posted by RGS5526
Despite all this, you still got people blicking the aisle whilst they arranged their belongings. Perhaps a couple of inches more seat pitch would have given them room to turn round in their seat space and leave the aisle clear.
Or perhaps people just organised themselves better in the queue and got their stuff ready rather than think about it when they reach their seat.
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Old Aug 29, 2015, 12:20 pm
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There was no priority boarding at LCY this morning but as the flight wasn't full and they used both front and rear doors there wasn't an issue.
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Old Aug 29, 2015, 2:06 pm
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9:55 LHR-ABZ this morning was Business UK/All OW status at the same time.

What is the point of this if it is going to be a lottery when you arrive at the gate?

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Old Aug 29, 2015, 2:11 pm
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EDI still uses the old pre-recorded message that only mentions Business UK, Gold, Silver and their OW equivalents.

Still a scrum each time.
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Old Aug 30, 2015, 2:10 am
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New Boarding Process- has anyone noticed an improvement?

General boarding scrum at VRN on Wednesday. Despite the signs, both lanes were opened as general boarding! We decided not to join the party (2 young children with us and lots of pushing in the gate area)... processed through as the area calmed down, hopped on 2nd bus which drove off first (leaving all the enthusiastic queue pushers at the gate with a look of horror as we left for the plane and boarded first!!!).
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Old Aug 30, 2015, 8:45 am
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Travelling in F to BOM last Monday from T5c, I joined the Fast track line with some 20 people ahead of me and one agent, when the agent at the next desk opened the other line to general boarding. I asked why she didn't finish with the people in the Fast Track line and got a frosty response!
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Old Aug 30, 2015, 8:50 am
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New procedure was strictly enforced at Prague yesterday, with the added bonus of error fare travellers boarding last.

Worked quite well indeed, very organised and civil.
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Old Aug 30, 2015, 2:55 pm
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What happens if a GCH is travelling with a non card holder on the same Ticket in ET? Can the GCH "guest" the travel partner to board at the same time?

Thank you.
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Old Aug 30, 2015, 3:01 pm
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Originally Posted by mclachlan4321
What happens if a GCH is travelling with a non card holder on the same Ticket in ET? Can the GCH "guest" the travel partner to board at the same time?

Thank you.
Generally not an issue. If however they're trying to guest multiple non-status pax then it can become an issue.
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Old Aug 30, 2015, 3:15 pm
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Originally Posted by mclachlan4321
What happens if a GCH is travelling with a non card holder on the same Ticket in ET? Can the GCH "guest" the travel partner to board at the same time?

Thank you.
Did this a few weeks ago at AUH with no issues - in fact it was all smiles and "of course, Sir"...
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Old Aug 30, 2015, 3:16 pm
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Originally Posted by flashware
Generally not an issue. If however they're trying to guest multiple non-status pax then it can become an issue.
I've done two, adult and child, countless times.
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Old Aug 30, 2015, 3:21 pm
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Originally Posted by stimpy
I've done two, adult and child, countless times.
I'm referring to where people have taken the p*ss before e.g. a Bronze card holder guesting in 3-4 people.
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Old Aug 30, 2015, 4:26 pm
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Did BRU-LHR a couple of days ago with the new boarding process, complete shambles. It was just a confused swarm of people, they had to have an extra agent checking eligibility before even going to the scanner agent.

Did LYS-LHR today and there it was still all premium pax at once, wasn't that bad.
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