PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – American Airlines is out with a new policy that aims to cut down boarding delays. But it comes at a price to parents flying with small children.
Strollers come in all sizes, but like some SUVs, there are behemoths out there. Now, American is making travelers check those that weigh over 20 pounds or are un-foldable at the ticket counter.
Travel expert Lauren Sullivan with CheapFlights.com says parents will now have to figure out how to maneuver their carry-ons and kids to the gate, “It’s going to be more difficult for parents and children alike, but on the other hand, getting stuck behind a family of five with two strollers as you’re going through the security checkpoint is personally my worst nightmare.”
That appears to be the point the airline is making: it needs parents to make this sacrifice so all can save time when it comes to boarding.
American is still allowing the lighter ‘umbrella’ strollers through to the jetway — and unlike the trend to charge passengers for just about everything, the strollers fly free.
Reported by Ian Bush, KYW Newsradio 1060