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.
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.
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.
We preboard the plane so I can get settled before anyone else comes on.
We sat at the end of the terminal, watching mothers preboard with their babies.
A: I don't think the whole group gets to preboard.
In this edition: The etiquette of getting stranded; how many people get to preboard with a toddler?
The gate agent announces, "Passengers traveling with children under the age of 5 may preboard at this time."
"Why didn't you preboard?" the flight attendant says as she sees us lumbering down the ramp at her.
Continental says it allows unaccompanied minors to preboard.
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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