All the Ways You Can Board a Plane, Ranked by Stupidity
By Kastalia Medrano , Thrillist
One of the silliest sights in the world is the long, luggage-clogged line of passengers waiting to board a plane for a full 20 minutes.One of the silliest sights in the world is the long, luggage-clogged line of passengers in Boarding Group 6 who stood up the moment it was announced their plane was boarding and continued to stand despite the fact that it will be like 20 minutes before flight attendants are done with the passengers in first class, passengers who paid extra to board early, passengers with kids, passengers with disabilities, credit card rewards program members, military service members, Boarding Group 1, 2, 3, 4, a high-school soccer team who just all really want to sit together, and Boarding Group 5. Stop this. Your seat will be there.
5. Block boarding/Boarding from the rearIs it stupid: Yes
Is the most commonly used method also the worst? Yes. You are not surprised. A ton of the major US carriers board their priority passengers (card members, first class, etc.) first and then their plebeian passengers by groups, or “blocks,” starting from the back of the plane and working their way forward. This takes forfuckingever; passengers are often stuck waiting for the person in front of them to hoist their luggage and find their seat, and end up sitting down basically one at a time. This method can routinely take up to 40 minutes, although in a controlled trial (Mythbusters) this method put 171 passengers onto an Airbus A321 in 24 minutes.