Yes, I heard that, too. Right now ship 904 has a 3.5hr delay IAH-EWR and 902 still grounded. I'm scheduled on the 788 next Friday, paid a premium for that, so I would be extremely disappointed if there was a sub!
Stupid question: How do they figure my "optimal speed"? I can already hear some groups claiming this is a form of discrimination.
To expand on Mike Davis' opening post, nowadays, not only do you have the levels of elite flyers, but also folk like me who have a credit card which allows priority boarding, even when I don't have any elite status. I often find these early boarders, myself included, sitting in aisle seats, and it does indeed slow things down, even if just one row boards aisle-center-window. On the plus side, elites & Explorer card holders are allowed one free checked bag, which should ameliorate the shortage of overhead storage.
Of course, there are those who, once situated, must stand up again, blocking the aisle to access their bag stored overhead.
Airlines already place bag sizers in check in and gate areas, but I've never seen anyone actually use them.
I flew a China Airlines A330 flight from KUL to TPE this spring and noticed that pax boarded and disembarked at a ra