Do you hear “mooing” when you get in the boarding line? Do you look for the guy with the cattle prod? FINALLY, a chance to feel less “bovine” and more “human! The airlines are looking to board passengers more efficiently. This CNN article explains the current research being done to solve that problem. What’s the most efficient way to board a plane? Rear to front, randomly or by adapting scientifically calculated methods?
Over the years airlines have experimented with ways to get passengers seated as quickly as possible, but only with recent technology have some real alternatives been made possible.
Research by Boeing showed that the pace at which passengers board a plane has slowed by 50% since 1970. Reasons might include a longer list of priority boarders and more carry-on baggage blocking the aisles.
Quicker boarding time means airlines save money; $30 for every minute saved, according to studies.
So, is there an ultimate boarding method? Not yet, but here are some of the efforts that have been made by airports, airlines and even one astrophysicist.