• Experts say a rising number of plane passengers have begun using both ethical and unethical tricks to ensure they board the aircraft first
  • Some of the popular tricks travellers have been using to onboard early include faking disabilities and cutting into lines

Wondering how your fellow travelers are boarding the plane before you or what you can do to secure the premium spot on your overhead bin?

Experts have revealed that a rising number of travelers have recently taken up using both ethical and unethical tricks to get ahead in aircraft boarding lines. 

While some people may be a little over-excited as they rush to board the plane, others will rush to secure space in overhead bins. 

With rising check-in baggage fees, many travelers try to bring as many of their belongings on the flight as possible - which means needing space to keep it close which can often be taken up quickly.  

Some carriers, such as Southwest Airlines, don't assign seats, so there's an eagerness amongst passengers to ensure a window or isle position - or be able to sit with loved ones. 

Due to this, overhead bins have become first-come, first-served - and the competition to get the best spot can be fierce. 

As a result, passengers are now turning to tricks to get onboard early - even if it means being dishonest. 

These can include:  

Faking a disability 

Under the the Air Carrier Access Act 14 CFR 382, airline staff are not allowed to discriminate on the basis of disability during air travel or ask for any kind of medical certificate to prove a disability. 

While the rule was put into place to ensure that people who require assistance were treated the same as other passengers, many non-disabled people have begun to exploit this law. 

At times, people fake a disability by either carrying physical aides such as walking sticks or crutches, request wheelchairs for non-existing conditions or simply join the disability group when the boarding process begins. 

David Kazarian, a retired pharmacist from Tampa, told OregonLive that he has seen 'people roll onto the plane early by joining the disability group line and then walk off the aircraft unassisted after they land'.

'It's a miracle,' he told the publication.

Hop into the wrong group line

As more and more air staffs have begun boarding people using the 'group method', many times, passengers tend to completely ignore the staff instructions and simply join the any group line they see, whether or not they belong to the called group. 

Much to their luck, sometimes gate agents let such passengers board on the aircraft with little to no resistance.  

Line 'cheaters' 

When all else fails, travelers tend to cut into the middle of a line to ensure they are the first to board the aircraft. 

While they are technically not breaking any rules, social etiquette dictates that it is respectful to not cut into lines or hold a space for someone for too long. 

As etiquette expert Adeodata Czink said: 'There's really no reason for you to try to get on the plane first.'

While some of these tricks may work at times, they are not completely foolproof. 

Some easy ways to onboard early on the plane without inviting any criticism include asking passengers standing in line ahead if you can go first in exceptional cases or joining a loyalty program that gives you access to early boarding times.

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