Earlier this month, travel blogger JohnnyJet noticed that American Airlines’ (PINK:AAMRQ) gate agents at a Fort Lauderdale airport had invited passengers who didn’t have carry-on items to board their planes after first class passengers.
After tweeting his observation and speculation that the airline might be trying out a new boarding procedure, JohnnyJet received a response from the airline. In its tweet, American confirmed that passengers without carry-ons were being allowed to board second at some airports.
By giving passengers without carry-ons boarding preference, airlines make checking bags more attractive. That boosts airline revenue.
Shares of American Airlines surged about 4% in over-the-counter trading on Thursday morning.