American Airlines has launched a new system-wide boarding procedure from May 16 that allows early boarding for travelers without any overhead luggage.
Under the new boarding process, passengers with only one personal carry-on item that can fit under the seat in front of them will be invited to board after Group 1 (premium passengers) and before Group 2. Customers who wish to board early can gate-check their carry-on bags at no extra charge.
AA expects the new boarding process to increase on-time performance and allow smoother boarding. The airline had tested the new process at seven US airports before implementing it.