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User currently offlineMarkC From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 259 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2161 times:

Why is it in the USA, we have such a long boarding time?

I recently took 4 SAS domestic flights. Boarding opened up 25 mins before departure and closed 10 mins before departure.

After the gate agent, there was no long line in the jetway. You went through the gate, the jetway, onto the aircraft, stored your carry-on and sat down. No fuss, no delay. I was thinking, why would it ever take longer than 15 mins to board a 737-800? Why is it different in the USA?

Oslo Norway is a very decent sized airport. Comparable to a lot of USA secondary cities.

Any ideas?

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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17654 posts, RR: 65
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2136 times:

- The US carriers typically have a much bigger on board baggage allowance than Eurocarriers. Takes a while to stow everything+kitchen sink in the overheads.
- First class boards first and takes a while to settle. For speed of TOTAL boarding they should board last.

[Edited 2007-08-04 04:49:25]

"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2092 times:

Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 1):
For speed of TOTAL boarding they should board last

I agree but imagine the whining when Mr. & Mrs. Where is my Drink don't have time to sip their pre-departure beverage!  crying 

Any views shared are strictly my own and do not a represent those of any former employer.
User currently offline744rules From Belgium, joined Mar 2002, 408 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2078 times:

Years ago the SAS policy was to have the safety briefing before doors closed. The idea was that a passenger does not know how to get out of the aircraft in case of emergency at the gate, except thru the boarding door.
This might explain why they want all pax on board std minus 5 or 10min.

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