American will favor passengers without roller bags

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Associated Press

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Updated Thursday, May 16 at 10:02 AM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — If you're traveling light, you'll be able to board earlier on American Airlines.

The airline said Thursday that people carrying just a personal item that fits under the seat — no rolling suitcase — will be allowed to board before most other passengers.

American says the change will speed up the boarding process and allow flights to take off sooner. The airline is trying to improve its on-time performance.

Airlines have been seeing a build-up in boarding times since they began charging fees for checked baggage as more people fight for the limited space in overhead bins.

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