Many passengers are not pleased with a new boarding policy being introduced by British Airways that will mean those purchasing the least expensive seats will be boarding last.
Starting on December 12, passengers will be given a number that is between 1 and 5 printed on their boarding passes. The highest number is for economy fares.
The airline said this policy change was about just the boarding process and brought it in line with most other carriers, including Iberia and American Airlines.
However, British Airways has been accused of operating it as a class system and eroding perks even further.
The No. 1 will be handed out to passengers in first class, with others being assigned to other areas such as World Traveler Plus or Executive Club.
Passengers travelling with mobility issues or those travelling with children will be able to still board prior to all others.
A spokesperson with British Airways said the airline is looking always at ways in which it can improve as well as simplify the experience of flying for its customers.
Therefore, added the spokesperson, the airline starting in December will introduce a new boarding procedure that will speed up the overall process and make it very simple for clients to understand.
The method, says the airline, has been used across the globe by airlines for several years, including by its partners Iberia, Qatar and American Airlines.
However, the decision to change the boarding policy has not been well accepted by a large number of passengers who on Twitter voiced their displeasure.
One such passenger said nothing like a class system in Britain to let everyone know his or her place.
Another tweeted asking British Airways, if it was out of its mind, as the new boarding policy was appalling and hated universally.
While another asked who had thought of the stupid idea and if the airline wants to improve its boarding process group by seats, but not price.
Others agreed with the change, calling it an easier system as it would be consistent on entire aircraft fleets, and is easier for the passenger to understand.
In the end, said the twitter user in favor of the policy, it comes down largely to how clear the airline makes the announcement and the boarding area’s enforcement.