My plan to put business-class passengers in their place | Adrian Chiles

Forcing elite fliers to wait on the runway until everyone else has boarded would sort out one of the great stresses of flying

Many of us should be flying less, that much is clear. I should definitely be flying less, if only to keep my stress levels down. This isn’t because I am frightened of flying; the prospect of falling out of the sky is less stressful to me than almost every other aspect of the whole palaver.

I am delighted to read of new efforts to load punters on to planes more efficiently. As far as I am concerned – and assuming the plane is boarding only from the front – these should involve getting the passengers seated at the back to board first so that, during their overhead locker faff, they are not getting in the way of others. What has never made any sense to me is why business-class customers, always seated at the front, are invited to board first. Obviously they will then get in the way of everyone trying to get to their seats further down the plane. I am sure there are plenty of columnists who could work up a metaphor here about the rich getting in the way of the poor, but I’m not going there.

Continue reading…Forcing elite fliers to wait on the runway until everyone else has boarded would sort out one of the great stresses of flyingMany of us should be flying less, that much is clear. I should definitely be flying less, if only to keep my stress levels down. This isn’t because I am frightened of flying; the prospect of falling out of the sky is less stressful to me than almost every other aspect of the whole palaver.I am delighted to read of new efforts to load punters on to planes more efficiently. As far as I am concerned – and assuming the plane is boarding only from the front – these should involve getting the passengers seated at the back to board first so that, during their overhead locker faff, they are not getting in the way of others. What has never made any sense to me is why business-class customers, always seated at the front, are invited to board first. Obviously they will then get in the way of everyone trying to get to their seats further down the plane. I am sure there are plenty of columnists who could work up a metaphor here about the rich getting in the way of the poor, but I’m not going there. Continue reading…

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