Aeroplane Boarding: There must be a better way

  • Posted by Julian Bradder
  • September 1, 2011 9:06 PM AEST
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Those boarding a flight to Australia often face a long trip, perhaps the longest flight that the individual has ever undertaken. Whilst its certainly a long way, sometimes one of the more stressful activities is the plane on-boarding process as passengers jostle for their seats and start the push and shove game that is getting settled in your seat. With handbags, coats and a plethora of other carry ons, the process as it is done today isn't necessarily the best way to board a plane according to one scientist who has been reseraching the process.

 

Jason Steffen, an astrophysiscist has been researching the boarding procedure and has found that the current 'block filling' method isn't necessarily the best way of loading the plane. Steffen's research pointed that filling alternate rows was the most efficient method of loading a plane full of passengers, closely followed by filling the plane on a window to aisle basis. 

 

Unfortunately, the window to aisle method does not necessarily mean more effective loading because in a practical sense, families may not want to be separated in that way.

 

Some airlines are beginning to trial different methods. It costs USD$30 a minute for a plane to sit on a runway meaning that more efficient boarding practices could save the airline industry upwards of $1bn a year. A significant sum in todays climate. 

 

 

 

 

1 comment
  • Steve The Admin
    Steve The Admin

    So looks like the budget airlines random/ free for all method is better than the supposedly more organised way of boarding planes. As a seasoned flyer you can see the other methods tend to happen despite the best efforts of the ground staff! I don't th...  more

    So looks like the budget airlines random/ free for all method is better than the supposedly more organised way of boarding planes. As a seasoned flyer you can see the other methods tend to happen despite the best efforts of the ground staff! I don't think Steffen or the window first approaches are likely to be practical though - so maybe random boarding is the way ahead.

     
    September 1, 2011