The process of boarding a place is about to be less of a headache–at least if you’re flying United Airlines–as the airline recently announced in a memo they’ll be rolling out a more efficient boarding process later this month, and those stuck flying in the dreaded middle seat are going to want to listen up.
The new boarding process, referred to as WILMA–which refers to “window, middle, aisle”–calls for those flying in window seats to board the plane first, followed by middle seat flyers and then those in the aisle seat.
According to the airline, this new process will save up to two minutes of boarding time–and we all know every minute is precious when it comes to flying.
Group three will now include flyers in window seats, exit row seats, and non-revenue travelers. Group four, which as of now includes those flying in the middle and aisle seats, will be limited to only middle seats. Group five will include only aisle seats.
In addition, they also created a group six for those flying in restricted basic economy that don’t have a carry-on option.
Pre-boarding, as well as boarding for groups one and two, will remain the same.
For families and other flyers who share a reservation, all members of the group will be able to board in the earliest category based on their tickets. In other words, if a family is taking up an entire row, all travelers in that reservation can board in group three.
The new boarding policy will go into effect this month on Thursday, October 26th.
United Airlines isn’t the only airline rolling out new policies–JetBlue recently implemented a Family Seating Guarantee earlier this month.