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correct boarding group but cutting in line

fortyishhotbabe
New Arrival

My last three SW flights, I was in B boarding group.  No problem because I travel by myself.  My issue is with travelers (also in the B boarding group) who cluster around the queue and then pop into the line right before the desk, jumping ahead several numbers.  Only once have I seen the gate attendant ask someone to step aside and wait for his boarding number.  

 

Simply not fair for everyone who patiently waits their turn and boards according to their number, not according to the good graces of the attendant.

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Re: correct boarding group but cutting in line

dfwskier
Rising Star

You may be making an invalid assumption.

 

I'll use myself as an example. I'm AList so most of the time I'm somewhere in A group.

 

I NEVER get in line when the gate attendant asks people to do so. Why? I have no desire to stand in line for 10-15 minutes while things get sorted out and preboarders do their thing. If I'm A36, I'll wait til A15-A30 start moving and get into the line, and then slide over to about A36 as the line move past that point. If I don't get there in time, I may wait by the gate agent as a31-A60 is boarding and likewise slide into the que as approximately A35 passes.

 

The same type of thing could be happening with the people you see.

 

I don't care if I get in EXACTLY at my boarding spot. If I'm 1 or 2 sports early or late makes no difference to me, and so far to no one around me either. I don't care if I'm 10 or 15 spots late, but am never early by that amount.

 

It could look like I'm cutting into line when in fact I'm getting into line about where I am supposed to be.

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Re: correct boarding group but cutting in line

DancingDavidE
Top Contributor

@fortyishhotbabe wrote:

My last three SW flights, I was in B boarding group.  No problem because I travel by myself.  My issue is with travelers (also in the B boarding group) who cluster around the queue and then pop into the line right before the desk, jumping ahead several numbers.  Only once have I seen the gate attendant ask someone to step aside and wait for his boarding number.  

 

Simply not fair for everyone who patiently waits their turn and boards according to their number, not according to the good graces of the attendant.


Unless you saw the people having incorrect numbering, who knows?

 

I agree the clustering is annoying and not really beneficial in the long run anyway. 

 

I do go out of order - if I'm in the back half of A16-30 or A46-60 I'll often just hang around and go in at the end of that particular side's line instead of squeeze into the middle where my actual position is.

 

As far as my immediate line neighbors go - I always hold out my pass so they can see my number, and try to get a peek at theirs and if the order isn't right I just move. (Whether forwards or backwards.)

 

 

Home airport MDW, frequent visitor to MCO to see the mouse.