I can't think of a reason an able-bodied person with no children would want to board early. I like to minimize the amount of time spent sitting in the cramped seats so I always try to be in the last 10 people boarding. I always travel with just a backpack and a water bottle so I don't have to worry about overhead storage being full.
Totally agree - can't see why its a bonus to board early. Also I don't see why people have to travel with more than a backpack and water bottle as cabin baggage.
I do travel with a back pack,skip the water bottle.
It's been four years since I've flown anywhere. When did these changes come into effect? Does any airline still use back-to-front boarding? As for me, I'm just a little guy, so the cramped seats don't bother me too much. I like to take the last row. Not being able to recline in exchange for nobody kicking my back is good. Being able to board first is (was?) a bonus.
If it works for you, I'm happy with that. Personally I would prefer if the plane started the takeoff process the moment I sit down. I really don't enjoy sitting down and having to wait 20-40 minutes for the rest of the passengers to board. I'd rather be in the airport than in the airplane. I don't enjoy sitting for 4-6 straight hours while we're flying. I would almost prefer they pack us in horizontal cubbies at this point. Over the past 15 years, my shoulders haven't gotten any wider but the seats have certainly gotten narrower.
Jeez, tell the whole world why don't you? Let 'em think they're winning. If word gets out, this strategy's over.
Oops.. I'll leave out the part about going to Value Village for longer trips.