Following numerous trials, British Airways has finally decided to push ahead with boarding in groups. The new process will go live on 12th December.
Your boarding pass will now carry a group number. These are:
Group 1 – BA Gold or oneworld equivalent, First Class passengers
Group 2 – BA Silver or oneworld equivalent, Club World passengers
Group 3 – BA Bronze or oneworld equivalent, World Traveller Plus passengers
Group 4 and Group 5 – World Traveller passengers, split by row
Group 1 – BA Gold or oneworld equivalent, Club Europe
Group 2 – BA Silver or oneworld equivalent
Group 3 – BA Bronze or oneworld equivalent
Group 4 – Euro Traveller
Group 5 – Euro Traveller on a hand baggage only fare
It is not clear what will happen with mixed groups – historically there has been an informal policy that children or partners could board with higher status passengers in the same group.
The key to this new policy working will be the announcements. All passengers will be expected to be seated by the departure gate. They will be strongly encouraged not to congregate by the boarding area.
Only when their boarding group is announced should they stand up and make their way to the gate. The idea is to replace what can be a scrum with a more laid back process. It will also be easier to police hand baggage, since it will be clear to boarding staff at each stage in the process how much each group should be allowed to bring on.
Will it work? We will see …..
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