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Airline rewarding passengers without carry-on bags

Posted: 11:00 PM, May 16, 2013
Updated: 2013-05-16 23:00:29-04

American Airlines is rewarding passengers who don’t travel with carry-on bags.

Starting Thursday, people carrying just a personal item that fits under the seat — with no rolling suitcases — can board before most other passengers.

It’s an effort to speed up the boarding process and improve the airline’s on time performance.

Airlines have seen a big back up at the gate since they started charging fees for checked luggage.