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The way we board airplanes makes absolutely no sense - Vox


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Yeah science:

The fastest ways to board a plane are Southwest's boarding method — where people choose their own seats — or a theoretical boarding method known as the "Steffen method" that's not currently in use.

Both simulations and real-life experiments have proven the standard method (back to front) to be the slowest out of several different ones. In 2012, the TV show "Mythbusters" recruited 173 people to compare four methods in a replica airplane interior and found that Southwest's boarding method was the fastest. A close second was allowing all windows seats to board first, then all middles, then all aisles (outside-in).

I always thought it should be by persons speed, maybe they could test you, and the fastest people get to get off first lol

I wonder if fastest people to board are also fastest people to deboard.

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