JohnnyJet‘s ‘travel tip of the day’ yesterday was “keep your boarding pass out when boarding international carriers.”
It’s rather strange, US airlines check your boarding pass before you enter the jetbridge, and that’s it — while many international airlines have flight attendants standing at the door of the aircraft who will look at your boarding pass again.
They’ll see you’re on the right plane, direct you to the correct class of service, and tell you which side of the plane to proceed down in the case of a widebody.
This is extra labor for the flight attendants, another duty that takes up a crew member (or often two, even three in the case of having someone there to escort first class passengers to their seat).
Is it really necessary? Why do they do it?
If you come up with a valid reason for international airlines to check your boarding pass mere feet from when it was checked as you entered the jetway, that explanation also has to account for why it isn’t done on US airlines.
This has often seemed strange to me, yet I’ve never asked, but would love some insight. Any thoughts out there?