US airlines check your boarding pass before you enter the jet bridge, and that’s it — while many international airlines have flight attendants standing at the door of the aircraft who will look at your boarding pass again.
Flight attendants on most airlines around the world will see you’re on the right plane, direct you to the correct class of service, and tell you which side of the plane to proceed down in the case of a widebody. Although it’s common on single aisle aircraft as well.
This is extra labor for the flight attendants, another duty that takes up a crew member (or often two, even three in the case of having someone there to escort first class passengers to their seat). Is it really necessary? Why do they do it?
The procedure didn’t help last year when perhaps for the first time ever a majority of people on a plane were flown to the wrong city. Thirty four passengers wound up flying from Sundsvall to Luleå in Northern Sweden instead of flying south to Gothenburg. That’s 34 people on a 50 seat CRJ-200.
If you come up with a valid reason for international airlines to check your boarding pass mere feet from when it was checked as you entered the jetway, that explanation also has to account for why it isn’t done on US airlines.
This has often seemed strange to me, yet I’ve never asked, but would love some insight. Any thoughts out there?