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The majority of today's airline companies have a flight stand-by when a traveller on a flight is travelling without making a previous booking for that particular flight. Four situations exist in which typical stand-by mode is used by people. Firstly, a missing flight may be required by a traveller to take the next flight to the same point in readiness, as he now lacks a booking.
Second, a traveller may be prematurely arriving at the aerodrome (whether unintentionally or intentionally) and taking an early flight specified for that date. You will then try to be ready to go on the previous flight and if this is not possible you will continue to take your flight that you have made. Stand-by can also take place during upgrade.
A number of carriers (particularly in the United States) offer their top flyers free room for First Class up-grades. When the First is sold out or fully upgraded with higher-ranking travelers, a First may be ready for a First if it is opened due to cancellations, non-arrivals, misconnections, improper operation or changes in aircraft outfit.
Passengers who release for an upgrading can receive new boarding cards at the gates. A number of carriers, such as American and United, have credential displays that display the upgraded stand-by lists (as well as the general stand-by list) and also announce when First Class will be fully checked (i.e. no further updates will be made).
Occasionally, if a cabin is booked in excess, an air carrier will mark as "standby" all those who have not already been seated before embarking. Staff members of the carrier and some of their families and acquaintances can also go in stand-by mode, often at reduced rates or free of cost.
As a rule, they have a lower precedence than ordinary travellers and are not given a seating position until all travellers who pay a normal ticket price have been assigned a seating position. In fact, it may happen that a stand-by person is permitted to take his place on the plane only to be asked to leave it to make room for a normal person.
Travellers are placed on the stand-by queue by talking to a ticketing agency or gateway agency. Upon embarkation, all unused or available places will be allocated to those stand-by stand-by customers who must queue at the departure gates to be contacted. Each passenger on the flight schedule who is not assigned a seat will be placed on the stand-by for the next flight.
As a rule, stand-by queue customers are given preference depending on how much they have spent on their tickets and their current carrier level. Whereas the stand-by function for previous trips began as a free feature on many carriers, most U.S. carriers will be charging a $50-75 US dollar rate for non-confirmed stand-by from April 2010.
United currently levies a $75 charge on stand-by trips for all travelers except full-rate, 1,000, Global Services and Premier class cabins. AmAmerican Airlines limits free stand-by to élite or fully reimbursable tickets and levies a $75 charge for all other travelers who wish to obtain a certified stand-by within 24 hrs of their requested flight-times.
In all cases, emergency stand-by and top priorities will be given to vulnerable passenger (passengers whose flight has been canceled, who have not been carried, etc.).