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Cheap ticket holders relegated to back of British Airways boarding queue

 UK airline British Airways is introducing new procedures which will see passengers who purchased the cheapest tickets board last. The new boarding order effective from the 12 December will see passengers who purchased the carrier’s budget option hand-luggage only tickets relegated to the back of the queue.

BA’s new boarding order will see passengers allocated a group number between one and five according to the ticket they bought. Five is for hand-luggage only. Standard economy class passengers who splashed out on tickets with checked luggage allowances will be in Group Four.

Group three is premium economy passengers and lower echelon Executive Club members. Club World and Executive Club Silver status members will be in Group Two. Group One boarding will be similar to that currently in force and restricted to Executive Club Gold members, business and first class passengers.

Confirming the new pecking order for boarding, a BA spokesperson noted that passengers with children and those with specials needs would still be at the front of the queue. He added that the system would simplify and improve the flight boarding experience and was in line with the policies of other airlines including Qatar Airways and BA stablemate Iberia.

The announcement of the boarding policy has prompted a mixed bag of responses on social media. One Twitter user tweeted that only idiots paid more for tickets so they could sit and watch everybody else board. Other tweets focused on BA’s introduction of what are basically poor doors.

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