Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To board (an aircraft, for example) ahead of the regular time or before other passengers.
  • transitive v. To allow (one or more passengers) to board ahead of the regular time or before other passengers.
  • intransitive v. To board an aircraft or other conveyance ahead of the regular time or before other passengers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To allow someone to step or climb onto or otherwise enter a ship, aircraft, train or other conveyance before other people are allowed to board.

Etymologies

pre- +‎ board (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The time before a flight departure that US authorities now require passengers to be at an airport in order to allow enough time for mandatory curbside, ticket-counter, food court, security gate and preboard full body scans and/or strip searches; domestic - 3 hours, international - 6 hours.

    sourhours (pl n)

  • A word like postgraduate is, I suppose, just the flip side of the linguistic tendency that has us prefilling our prescription refills, pre-reserving theater seats, and milling around irritably in airport waiting areas while certain passengers preboard the plane.

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  • We preboard the plane so I can get settled before anyone else comes on.

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  • We sat at the end of the terminal, watching mothers preboard with their babies.

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  • A: I don't think the whole group gets to preboard.

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  • In this edition: The etiquette of getting stranded; how many people get to preboard with a toddler?

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  • The gate agent announces, "Passengers traveling with children under the age of 5 may preboard at this time."

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  • "Why didn't you preboard?" the flight attendant says as she sees us lumbering down the ramp at her.

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  • Continental says it allows unaccompanied minors to preboard.

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  • Kamens offered some ways Continental can improve its policies, including not letting two planes board from the same gate at the same time, letting parents or escorts accompany minors onto a plane and requiring that minors preboard.

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