From twitter we see the above photo of what Delta is testing in Atlanta to try to fix the everyone rush and clog the gate area as soon as a gate agent calls for those who need extra time to board is announced.
Something sure should be done. Maybe Premium, Sky Priorty, Zone 1 etc lanes is the answer. Once the current “blob of boarding”, that is BOB for short, begins it becomes almost impossible for:
1) Those who need to board early to get there
2) You to get to the desk for help
3) For Premium or Sky to get past everyone else
4) and boarding that can spill out blocking other gates
Now most of this really is #FirstWorldProblems other than the fact that if you do not board by the time they are calling ZONE 2 you are likely going to have to check your bag if it is not going to fit under the seat in front of you – that can be most irritating!
One real big help with this kind of lane boarding is getting people OUT OF THE WAY so others can get to their gates. It really is maddening to try to get to your gate and have to pick you way through the BOB in the way at another gate.
What do you think? Many have said this is much like what other airlines use and it works very well. Is this the fix for Delta BOB? – René