My experiences with Continental's Elite Access are that at SFO
, not only are boarding rules formal and enforced, but credentials are checked. During elite boarding, Platinum first, then Gold, then Silver -- others are turned back. Then general boarding of the the back of the plane. Then the front. The trick is that they always have enough people on hand to control the boarding.
, it depends on the gate agent and/or the size of the boarding. If it's a light boarding, then "Y'all come!"
, everyone is usually polite, but few care who boards when. The same would apply at IAD
, except they still have random TSA
gate checkers who will completely unpack your rollerbag.
, boarding is stopped if anyone steps out of queue or anyone tries to board at a time other then when they're called. Nevertheless, it's efficient.
recently, where CO
and Air Mobility Command come together, escorted rectangular boxes seem to have boarding preference.