If you have occasion to travel by commercial airline and if you have done so for some time you will notice the difference in boarding announcements over the years. I mean those announcements telling you when it’s time to come to the gate, present your boarding pass and walk to the airplane.
Way back when they would call for people who needed more time to get to the plane and those traveling with young children to board first. Then along the way there came the different types of seats ie business class and then travellers who had earned special status for traveling a lot of miles. They boarded first.
Now they have so many categories it’s actual funny.
I think the people who pay the most go first now so the schpiel is something like this:
Calling all passengers whose work paid for them to be in business class-come right up
Calling all passengers who travelled so much in the aforementioned category that they’ve earned a seat in business class with their rewards, come right up
Calling all passengers who have our gold level card please come forward
All passengers with our silver level card please come up
All passengers who were born with a silver spoon in their mouths please step forward
All passengers who are anticipating an inheritance of over $100,000 and expect to travel a lot with us afterward come on up.
All passengers whose stock portfolio is on the rise please board now
Then there’s the call for those who need more time to walk to the plane and those with small childreni.
The service attendant then looks around the lounge and says all remaining passengers please board now. And I’m the only one left.
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ain’t it just the truth
And last night they didn’t even call for those taking more time to get to the plane or traveling with small children!
I do love your list and don’t worry, I would be last with you. Mostly on our planes it is a free-for-all as we first board a bus which takes us to the plane, then we pile out and climb the steps.
Do you have assigned seating? The way we line up here and try to get on the plane early you’d think there was no assigned seating.
Oh, yes, even on buses and trains. All seats are assigned seating. The rush to get on the plane is so you have somewhere to put hand luggage.
Yes I think that’s the rush for the most part. I try to call very little on board for I don’t like pushing stuff into an overhead bin.