American Airlines is testing a new boarding process that lets passengers with no carry-on bags for the overhead bins board early.
The airline confirmed it is testing the procedure to shorten the boarding time but declined to identify the airports where the testing was taking place.
[Updated at 2:40 p.m. PDT, March 21: American Airlines said it is testing the boarding process at Baltimore, Austin, Washington-Dulles and Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood international airports.]
On American Airlines' Twitter account, the airline confirmed to the travel website JohnnyJet.com the procedure was being tested at Washington area airports. JohnnyJet, headed by the site's editor John DiScala, reported the procedure was also being tested at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.