Optimized Method To Board Planes Cuts Waiting Time In Half

Optimized Method To Board Planes Cuts Waiting Time In Half
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A new optimized method of boarding airplanes promises to reduce time in half and a 40% gain in efficiency.

Alice Chan
  • 31 august 2011

Dr. Jason Steffen, an astrophysicist at Fermilab, has optimized the airplane boarding procedure in his new method dubbed the ‘Steffen Method.’ In his method, window seats on alternate rows on one side of the plane board first, followed by alternating window seats on the other side. Then alternating middle seats on the original side, then alternating middle seats on the other side. And so on until the plane is filled. Derived from the Monte Carlo optimization method, the ‘Steffen Method’ makes optimum use of the aisles and overhead compartments, allowing each passenger to freely move in the center aisle, resulting in reducing boarding time in half. Watch the demo of the method that results in a 40% gain in efficiency.

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