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Physicist figures out fastest boarding plan

1 September 2011

The standard row-block method of airplane boarding isn’t the most efficient way to get passengers to their seats. In fact, it’s the worst, according to a new experiment by an astrophysicist — yes, an astrophysicist, who works with Batavia-based Fermilab.

Based on the trials, Jason Steffen found boarding by alternating rows at once was most efficient, followed by boarding window-to-seat and letting passengers board randomly. They’re all faster than block rows, Steffen concluded.

Alternating rows gives passengers enough room to squeeze their luggage into bins while others find their seats.

source: MSNBC

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