If I myself am clearing check-in, boarding, and disembarking fairly quickly, is there anything else I can do to help make these processes go smoother and faster?

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    Based on the confusion about Berwyn's answer, can you clarify whether you are referring to making it faster for you personally, or in a broader sense of helping the flow for the entire aircraft so it's better for everyone. Personally, I took the 2nd meaning, while Berwin took the 1st, and both, without clarification, are perfectly reasonable perspectives based on current wording.
    – FreeMan
    Jul 13, 2016 at 13:02
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    @FreeMan I see your point, but that would seem to be off-topic for travel.SE and to belong in aviation.SE maybe?
    – Berwyn
    Jul 13, 2016 at 13:09
  • @Berwyn - I think the Aviation folks would tend to send it back over here, since it's a pax issue.
    – FreeMan
    Jul 13, 2016 at 13:11

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This is a bit of a broad question but I'll have a go.

Actions that may shorten check-in to arrival:

  • Check-in online
  • Print or collect boarding pass on mobile
  • Carry hand luggage only - This and above will help ensure you do not need to visit a check-in or bag-drop desk or wait for luggage on arrival
  • Qualify for fast track security - This requires becoming a high status frequent flyer or paying for business class or above. Alternatively, register for trusted traveller programmes such as Nexus, pre-check, Global Entry
  • Choose seating near to most likely exit door
  • Travel business class or first class - Sometimes other passengers are held back in order to allow premium class travellers to deboard earlier
  • Investigate departing airport and terminal - In some cases you may enter at faster checkpoints or alternate terminals leading to the same airside lounge area
  • Investigate arrival airport and terminal - There may be automated passport kiosks accessible to a subset of passengers. You may need to register to use these.
  • Investigate premium arrival services - Some airports allow you to pay to be met at the aircraft and escorted through arrival procedures
  • Achieve ultra-high frequent flyer status on operating airline - in some cases special service staff will pick you up or deliver you to the aircraft by car
  • The question appears to be asking about the influence a passenger can exert on the progress of the flight itself. For example, your advice about premium arrival services has no impact on the time at which the flight lands.
    – phoog
    Jul 13, 2016 at 12:26
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    @phoog If the OP meant speeding up the flight, why would they ask about improving the process of disembarking? I answered the question as to what I thought the OP really meant, rather than precise wording in the title. Perhaps you can supply an alternate answer and the OP can choose?
    – Berwyn
    Jul 13, 2016 at 12:37

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