Boarding question - double beep at gate?

Old Jun 27, 17, 12:02 am
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Boarding question - double beep at gate?

Hello,

a couple of of times recently, my boarding pass hasn't scanned straight through at the gate, but instead double beeps then there's a manual process by the agent, often noting down my seat number on a bit of paper before boarding.

Why is this? I've heard that a double beep might mean a seat change or upgrade - but that's never happened.

I often chose the emergency exit, is it a check for that perhaps? If so, why write my seat number down?

I'm intrigued

thank you!
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Old Jun 27, 17, 12:17 am
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It will be because of the emergency exit seat. Not sure why they write your seat number down.

its usually to check you are fit and able to be sitting there.
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Old Jun 27, 17, 12:23 am
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The process in FLY involves checking you agree to being able to use the emergency exit. Rather than scanning the bp, you enter the seat number at the top of the boarding screen (which is probably why it was written down), then the message comes up which needs to be cleared - usually the agent may check you are happy to be in an exit row and determined whether they think you meet the criteria.
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Old Jun 27, 17, 1:38 am
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A double beep means a 'gate stop' has, for some reason, been put one on you. It could be for any reason. It could be that they where looking for someone with the same name as you, you had been upgraded or as said above to see if you were suitable to sit in an exit seat.
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Old Jun 27, 17, 1:45 am
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Originally Posted by SonTech View Post
A double beep means a 'gate stop' has, for some reason, been put one on you. It could be for any reason. It could be that they where looking for someone with the same name as you, you had been upgraded or as said above to see if you were suitable to sit in an exit seat.
Or, most frustratingly, on US flights (I think it's only US flights) it can also signal you've been chosen for the random extra security check.
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Old Jun 27, 17, 2:02 pm
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Out of ZRH to LHR, I once had the gate agent write down something while they were scanning my boarding card. No beep, but later on I ended up with a crew member from a flight to LCY that had gone tech sitting next to me.
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Old Jun 27, 17, 2:19 pm
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I think its when you check in online and then proceed all the way to the gate without anyone checking your passport. Seems to happen to us all the time when we have hand luggage only and the first BA staff we see are at the gate.
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