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Airlines Test Creative Ways to Get Flyers on Planes Faster

Excerpt from NBC News

Oct 15, 2013 10:00 am

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Unorganized drawn-out boarding is a problem that plagues U.S. airlines more than international carriers, but the benefits expand beyond happy customers to higher profits.

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Allegiant Air board passengers in the front and back of the plane at Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport. JL Johnson / Flickr


The task seems straightforward enough. Get passengers from inside the terminal onto a plane quickly and efficiently so the flight can leave on time.

Airlines would also like to hurry it up. Not just because slow boarding makes already cranky travelers even crankier but because time is money for airlines, and planes earn their keep only when they’re flying.

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