Travelers who don’t have carry-on luggage benefit
Check your bags and leave the carry-on at home. Doing that can move you to the front of the line for boarding some American Airlines flights.
It’s just an experiment so far. “We’ll know it’s working when other airlines starting using it,” says travel expert Jared Blank. “Airlines have tried almost every conceivable way of boarding people to try to speed it up.”
Blank is editor of Online Travel Review. He says the problem with the slow boarding process is “people.” He expects the experiment to last up to a year since it is a major change in approach.
This is seen as a way to encourage travelers to check more bags. Major U.S. airlines cleared more than two and a half billion dollars in profits on checked bags last year.