Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Using numbers to improve airline boarding procedures

I took two flights over the weekend and neither one boarded efficiently. You may have seen the article in this morning's New York Times about increasing the efficiency of boarding. The online version contains a link to this nifty site, Airplane Boarding, which has animations of different ways to board. (Screenshot below - I can't embed the video). It's created by a U of Colorado Business School professor named Menkes van den Briel.


van den Briel links to another site, Round Peg, showing a better way yet to board, one the creator, Rob Wallace, calls the "Flying Carpet." That page also has an animation. I can't embed it, either, so go take a look.

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