Quickest way to board a plane

Discussion in 'Travel' started by KrazyKat, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    This story appears in many news outlets. The way we board is not most efficient. No surprise there. An astrophysicist tested and found random boarding nearly best.
    Of course, with the need to arrive two hours early to the airport, and anticipating the checkpoint gauntlet, the relative hassle of final boarding is diminished. A traveler might be plain relieved to be on the plane if "officers" are prowling the gates.:rolleyes:
     
  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I think American is using a form of random boarding. The last few times I have been seated in the front third of the steerage cabin but have been boarded in the second group after the elites so the rear of the cabin is not being filled first then moving forward. I suspect that it has to do with how many times a person is flying. That's my observation.
     
  3. VH-RMD

    VH-RMD Original Member

    I try to be at the end of the line and the front of the plane...
     
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  4. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    I was boarded using "Wilma" method, windows first, which seemed to work quite well. Forget which airline that was.
    Of course if it didn't cost an extra $25-$50 AND the very real prospect of having valuables thieved by "inspectors", we wouldn't have the carry-on (expletive deleted) which is the main source of the clog. I always check one bag because I've lost so much more than the cost in confiscated hair-care products etc.--how we pack just being part of travel behavior modification due to the despot TSA, making the experience miserable--and to what substantive end?
     
  5. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    I believe "Wilma" is what UA calls their boarding process. In 2003, America West partnered with the mathematics department at Arizona State to make a hybrid of UA's Wilma and the traditional back-to-front system with the "reverse pyramid".

    At the time it was deemed the most efficient way to board. And about a year later NW implemented completely random boarding. And that is when people figured out that random is fastest.

    Of course, that was before shampoo became a national security threat and the Testicle Squeezing A-holes got in on the action.
     
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  6. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I only care about boarding early enough to get some overhead bin space. If American Airlines didn't nickle and dime people to death and stopped charging for checked bags I would be happy to check my bags on every trip. I normally build in time on both ends for checking and retrieving bags.
    I think the airlines, including America Airlines, have really shown that customer service is not very important with the fees they have forced down our throats. If it wasn't for the Wright Amendment I would be using Southwest out of DAL.
     
  7. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    Airlines do not care about customer service.

    If it can't be evaluated on a spreadsheet, then it never enters the equation.
     
  8. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Fly ATR's often? :D
     
  9. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I believe the article cited AA as an airline that is using the "random" method.

    A few months before they completed the merger with Delta, NWA had determined that random boarding was fastest and started using "y'all board now" cattle calls after elite boarding.
     
  10. VH-RMD

    VH-RMD Original Member

    no, although I have the misfortune to have to board Crash8's occasionally... :cool:
     
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  11. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

    Wouldn't the quickest way be to simply own your own private jet?
     
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  12. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    One of the variables to the Steffen method sited is families traveling with children. This caused the most significant delays, that and couples who are seated next to each other. My question, why do two adults need to board together? They know they'll get on and they also know they'll be seated next to each to each other so really is it such a hardship to split up during boarding? This wasn't mentioned in the CNN article but I did see it somewhere.
     

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