Physicist Says the Best Way to Board a Plane Quickly Is…

If you fly frequently and found yourself 38 people deep on the jetway trying to enter the plane, you’ve likely wondered if there’s a better way than the typical back-to-front process most airlines use.

A physicist has now published a paper saying he has cut boarding time in half with a new process. In short:

He found that the most efficient boarding method is to board alternate rows at a time, beginning with the window seats on one side, then the other, minimizing aisle interference. The window seats are followed by alternate rows of middle seats, then aisle seats.

There’s a video here that shows the process at work, and it does appear to keep the aisle far more clear than usual. No airline has agreed to implement it yet.


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