The Wright Brothers took a huge step toward solving the problem of man's pesky earthbound nature in 1903. But since then, no one has come up with a fail-safe solution to another persnickety problem related to flight: getting people to board the plane and take their seats quickly and efficiently.
Research carried out at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., aims to change that.
Engineering undergraduate Alexander Kelly and School of Business Professor John Milne ran thousands of simulated airline boardings through a computer model to work out the best way to speed the boarding process. They eventually arrived at a method for planes with three seats on either side of the aisle: each row would be filled by one passenger carrying no bags, one with only one bag, and one carrying two bags, thus distributing luggage more evenly throughout the aircraft. … Read more