Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Harrington defends preboarders

Candy Harrington had a dead on post at Barrier Free Travels, regarding preboarding aircraft. She was reacting to a complaint about preboarders holding up others from getting off the planes with their baggage struggles etc. Here's a key quote from Candy's argument: "So until the airlines start screening out the stupid passengers, the rest of the world can just wait for a few slow walkers."
Well said, indeed. (Plane interior photo by orchid via


At 1:12 PM, Blogger Katja said...

Unfortunately, Candy has disabled comments on her site, so I'll comment here.

I didn't read the original complaint* as a call to end preboarding, but rather as a request that preboarders wait to deplane. I don't think this is unreasonable (although, as a person who requires an aisle chair, I'm pretty much stuck until it comes, so it's not like I'm choosing to deplane last).

*Original complaint:

On and off. “If they are going to preboard passengers with special needs, shouldn’t they be the last ones off instead of struggling with their bags and holding up the rest of the airplane?”

from peeves

At 2:28 PM, Blogger darrenh said...

That's a good point Katja. I can see your reading too. BTW, I get off a plane last or close to it completely by choice (we've never traveled by air with Marcus). Jostling with the hurriers isn't worth the trouble.

I've wanted to comment at Candy's blog before too and been thwarted (at Rolling Rains too). That's too bad; I like commenting when a post draws my interest. Maybe some of us regular readers ought to try to convince her to allow comments (but maybe she has had a bad experience with them)


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