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Before the airplane door closes if there are any empty seats then the lead flight attendant is supposed to check with the gate agent for authorization to close the door after the gate agent has already closed the flight to more passengers. I've gotten on a few flights where the door had already closed but because the flight still had some empty seats they opened it up and let me get on. The primary tool that airlines use to fill up seats at the last second is to use the flight's STANDBY queue. And they are getting more sophisticated at proactively cancelling flights when they can move passengers between flights and minimize disruption costs.