- Aug 4, 2002
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None...most passengers have the "the rules don't apply to me" philosophy, so they would board when they felt like it regardless of seat assignment.Lets see how many airlines eventually adopt this method.
Well, it did say in the article, "The outcome is fairly robust in the sense that it's relatively insensitive to deviations from it...", i.e., all the dumbmasses who fail to follow instructions. After all, supposedly boarding even randomly is faster than the current method. I found that fascinating, and hopefully someone in management does too. I'm not sure what's more amazing, that someone came up with a boarding method that's SIX TIMES FASTER than the current method, or that management will probably completely ignore this scientific research!In theory, it sounds like a good idea. But as the previous poster said, in actual practice I think it wouldn't work.
Six people in 40 rows comes up to 240, by my math. For an astrophysicist, his arithmetic skills are amazingly bad. :laugh:For simplicity, his model assumes a plane with 120 passengers seated in 40 rows, each with a central aisle having three seats to the left and three seats to the right of it.
Doesn't Delta do this to some degree? They board by zones. After the courtesies extended to Zone 1 (1st Class, Premium Frequent Fliers, Special Needs, etc), it seems zone 2 is back of the plane window, zone 3 back of the plane aisle and front of the plane window, and zone 4 is front of the plane aisle. Seems like I have seen up to 8 zones on larger Delta planes. I like it.Lets see how many airlines eventually adopt this method.
then the people that get on last scurry around the plane opening all the overheads looking for space.
I believe it says it's 1/6th faster, or 16% faster. Still, a 30 min boarding could be reduced to a 25 mins, saving 5 min on the ground....boarding method that's SIX TIMES FASTER than the current method, or that management will probably completely ignore this scientific research!