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New US Airways DCA Shuttles Penalize Elites

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The buses at Reagan National Airport’s Gate 35A (now 35X) have been replaced with giant shiny new vehicles. Instead of the old fashioned 2×2 seating with luggage rack in front, the new buses sport large open areas with ~10 seats for passengers needing assistance.

US Airways Shuttle Bus DCA Gate 35X

The downside? Elites are the first to board the buses, which means you’re likely to be the last to disembark for the plane. A few folks can (and do) secure spots on the side near the doors, but if there’s more than a handful of elites, common decency has you heading for the far ends of the bus.

Not really a big deal for carry-on when boarding the puddle jumpers out of 35X since all large bags are gate-checked, but interesting that early boarding is no longer advantageous.

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