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No roller bag? You'll board faster on American flights

8:25 PM, May 16, 2013  |  Comments
A passenger walks through an American Airlines baggage claim area at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. The airline said Thursday that people carrying just a personal item that fits under the seat, and not a rolling suitcase, will be allowed to board before most other passengers.
A passenger walks through an American Airlines baggage claim area at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. The airline said Thursday that people carrying just a personal item that fits under the seat, and not a rolling suitcase, will be allowed to board before most other passengers.
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In a quest to speed up the boarding process, American Airlines is letting passengers board sooner if they travel lightly.

The airline said Thursday that people carrying just a personal item that fits under the seat - no rolling suitcases - will be allowed to board before most other passengers.

American said that the change will allow flights to take off sooner, helping the airline improve its on-time performance.

Airline officials say boarding times have increased in the past few years. The airlines have created this problem by cutting back flights, which makes planes more crowded, and also charging fees for checking baggage, which encourages passengers to haul their luggage on board.

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