When traveling by air, many people will agree the long lines from check-in to boarding can be headache. Although the processes are indeed necessary, the wait times can still nonetheless be horrendous. Well, United Airlines has set out to shorten the boarding process. Beginning October 26th, a new policy will go into effect. Not only does it vow to speed up the boarding process a tad, it also offers a perk for those in the middle seat.
A Change In Policy
Earlier this month, United Airlines announced it will be incorporating a much needed change in policy. The new policy is called WILMA, which refers to “window, middle, aisle” seats. According to the new policy middle seat passengers will be allowed to board before aisle seaters.
Additionally, groups one to three will follow the same boarding process. Pre-boarding will also remain the same.
Per the new policy, group four, which currently includes middle and aisle-seat travelers, will now be limited to only middle seats. As a result, group five will now be exclusively devoted to aisle seats.
Lastly, a new category was created, group six. Travelers flying with a restricted basic economy fair without a carry-on option or those who do not have a boarding group number will board in group six.
A Faster Boarding Process
Prior to making it official, according to United Airlines, the WILMA boarding procedure was previously tested at four domestic line stations and one hub. Conclusively, they said the boarding times increased in speed by up to two minutes since 2019 making for a faster boarding process.
Luckily for travelers, the new policy will go into effect on Oct. 26 just ahead of the busy holiday travel season.
Stay Up To Date
Unsurprisingly, airlines are constantly changing policies or offering travel deals and competitive rates to attract more consumers. If you’re a frequent United Airlines flyer, stay up-to-date on deals, policy changes, and more by visiting their official website.