Is This How You Board a Plane?

JetBlue has just released a new video (see below) that gently reprimands passengers who don’t know how to board a plane. Or rather, those who don’t know how to board a plane correctly.

How Not to Board a Plane

The amusing video is part of the airline’s flight etiquette series; Episode 5 shows a typical crazy boarding situation where it’s every man for himself. Even the pilot has trouble squeezing through the crowd.

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There are lots of Don’ts in the video but not many Dos so here’s a quick refresher:

  • Wait to be called: If you’re in row 14 and they’re boarding rows 15 to 20, wait your turn.
  • Families: Most airlines no longer allow families with children to board early, but talk to the gate agent (politely!). Sometimes something can be worked out.
  • Pay for early boarding: This can be pricy but not always; Southwest’s EarlyBird boarding for example is just $12.50 per person and allows a wider choice of seats in the airline’s open-seating cabins.

VIDEO: JetBlue’s How Not to Board a Flight.


Updated: October 27, 2015