Rather than creating new boarding rules (lets face it the "zones"
aren't going away, they just added two more), I'd much rather have the
airlines assign specific bin space to specific seats. I've flown too many
times where bin hogs come in with their over sized "carry-ons" or more
carry ons that allowed, and nothing is said, I'd gladly board last if I was
guaranteed bin space for my carry on. Especially now that the airlines are
charging for checked bags.
Carry on. It used to be that really important people carried on a bag to save
time and avoid losing luggage.Then the airlines devised a way to get
everyone to carry on their bags. They imposed a FEE to check bags. Duh!I have to explain it to my wife every time. It is worth $50 to have the
legroomThe airlines know that it takes time to load and unload the
bins and rearrange the bags. It isn't putting on the passengers that's
the problem.8 classes means 8 fare price structures to deal with.
But you don't really get much value as a result. You're still stuck
behind the kids with a backpack, laptop and a roller who can't manage one
bag, let alone three.
Guy with the brain, use the same stick when loading. Also, I’ve boarded
planes in foreign countries both from the front ant back, much faster. Carry on
luggage is about the size of regular luggage now, so we get to watch people
wrestle it into place and bumping into everyone.
@belgie"As it is now, frequent flyers, who board first, get most of
the space, aggressive door-crowders get the rest, and the poor, timid or polite,
schmucks who are taking the once-in-a-lifetime vacation, and therefore have to
board at the back of zone 8, get to hold their carry-on bags in their
laps."I once had a direct Delta flight back here to SLC that
because it was full they asked if people would volunteer to check their bags in
at the gate so that we wouldn't have to deal with it later. And in the
interest of being nice and helpful I volunteered mine. And that was stupid.
Delta proceeded to leave those bags behind on the basis of arguing that the
plane was weighing too much. And it was particularly annoying since I don't
like being bundled up on and airplane with too many layers of clothes so since
it was a direct flight (what could go wrong) I had my winter coat and heavy
clothes in the bag left behind. Sometime in the middle of the 5 block walk from
the TRAX stop in 15 degree wind chill I developed a "never again"
position when it comes to trusting Delta with bags.
@ bamafone - Salem, UT - Dec. 12, 2018 8:47 a.m. - "They load from front to
back so that everyone can trip over each other until it’s stuffed, then
you sit on the tarmac for an hour. Such brilliance."Actually, in
defense of many airline companies, the reason they load passengers from the
front to the back is so that the plane, literally, does not get too heavy in the
back and tip back onto its tail. For example, the Boeing 737-900 uses a
kickstand (a long metal pole) that is inserted way back at the tail right by the
tail-skid immediately after the plane gets to the gate before passengers start
getting off. Its sole purpose is to prevent the plane from tipping back on to
its tail.Now you know.
So Delta will soon have up to 8 separate boarding classifications and this is
supposed to reduce confusion and chaos?Really?
As several posts have noted, it's all about finding a spot for the grand
piano you've got stuffed in your 'carry on'. Airlines created
this mess with their usurious checked bag fees. My favourite zone is
to try to avoid needing overhead space and waiting for final call. I'm in
no hurry to squeeze into that seat. I once was able to sit at a bar across from
my gate in DFW for over an hour waiting as lightning delayed boarding twice. I
felt only mildly sorry for those stuck in the aircraft.
Just gate check every rollerboard carry on bag and all your gate crowding
problems will go away. Nobody actually wants to get on your cramped,
disease-filled tube early...we just want to find a space for our bags.Change the carry on rules to 1 small bag per person, gate check the rest, and
almost every problem with boarding and unloading a plane will be solved.
This has nothing to do with customer service or satisfaction, but is yet another
way of increasing revenue for Delta. If paying customers want a bit more leg
room or want to board first to stow their oversized carry-on, then pay more for
They load from front to back so that everyone can trip over each other until
it’s stuffed, then you sit on the tarmac for an hour. Such brilliance.
The airlines have lost any sense of loyalty that I used to have. Years ago,
Delta was my go to airline, but they are no better than any of the others. And
this proposal? Ever heard the phrase: "Putting lipstick on a pig."?
The change is a nothing.
There's only so much you can do with cattle cars.
Basically, the more you travel or the more money you spend on a ticket, the
sooner you get to board.So if you want to get on the plane sooner
rather than later. Spend more money. It blows my mind that people with college
degrees come up with these ideas. And it blows my mind even more that
executives sit around a table and say that is a great idea.They
fixed nothing. This will cause more frustration and anger to 80% of your
passengers. Well thought out great job. Like the previous poster
said. Window, middle, isle. It’s pretty simple. This new seating
classification is laughable.
"Every customer values consistency and a sense of knowing what to expect
when they’re traveling. We have been listening to our customers about the
stress they often feel at the gate before boarding, and implementing small
changes for years. This latest enhancement further refines how Delta’s
process works."The stress that passengers feel at boarding time
is due to anxiety over not getting overhead storage. That's why people
crowd the gate and stampede the doors when boarding starts. If Delta really
wanted to reduce stress, they'd settle the issue of overhead storage before
boarding starts.As it is now, frequent flyers, who board first, get
most of the space, aggressive door-crowders get the rest, and the poor, timid or
polite, schmucks who are taking the once-in-a-lifetime vacation, and therefore
have to board at the back of zone 8, get to hold their carry-on bags in their
Hey airlines i'll fix this for you:Zone 1: window seatsZone 2:
middle seatsZone 3: aisle seats. You're welcome.