One airline did figure out a way to sharply cut boarding time. Spirit Airlines found that passengers got to their seats much more rapidly once it started charging $20 to $40 per carry-on bag. More passengers checked their bags. Celebrating one year of “stress-free boarding” this summer, Spirit said its policy cut boarding time by six minutes on average.
That’s a good policy. It’s not just the boarding times that drive me nuts, but the deplaning times are horrendous. Too many people futzing around trying to carry on and off bags that should have been checked.
My idea: enforce the size limits for carry-ons strictly.