Airlines try to save time with speedier boarding process

A Delta Airlines aircraft taking off. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines are trying to save time by speeding up the boarding process.

Delta Air Lines, this summer travel season, plans to preload carry-on bags above passengers’ seats on some flights.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines wants to get families seated together more quickly.

Delta’s Early Valet service will offer to have airline employees take carry-on bags at the gate and put them in the bins above assigned seats. The airline wants to see if its own workers can load the bins faster than passengers.

The service began Monday on about two dozen flights.

Southwest, with no assigned seats, lets families board together after the “A” group, but only with children up to age 4. Southwest recently tested expanding family boarding to include children up to ages 6, 8 or 11.

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