Wondering about the definition of preboarding? Keep reading to learn the meaning of preboarding, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!
What is Preboarding?
Preboarding is airline parlance for preliminary boarding by certain passengers before the general boarding process begins.
Usually, airlines will use preboarding to allow families with children or persons with disabilities to board the aircraft to allow them extra time to settle in, before calling the rest of the passengers. To preboard is to allow certain passengers to board before the rest at general boarding.
More on the Preboarding Process
Most airlines have a boarding process which involves various stages, to allow for an efficient enplanement. This may be designated by letters (ex. “Boarding Group A, B, C, etc.), numbers (ex. “Group 1, 2, 3, etc.), or by some other method.
However, when these groups are called, they usually include dozens of people, sometimes hundreds, all scrambling to get on. This makes it difficult for passengers with young children or those in wheelchairs to board, as they need more time. Preboarding, before all the general boarding groups, allows them the time they need to board the plane and get settled in.
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