What’s the most efficient way to board a plane? Rear to front, randomly or by adapting scientifically calculated methods? Over the years airlines have experimented with ways to get passengers seated as quickly as possible, but only with recent technology have some real alternatives been made possible.
Research by Boeing showed that the pace at which passengers board a plane has slowed by 50% since 1970. Reasons might include a longer list of priority boarders and more carry-on baggage blocking the aisles. Quicker boarding time means airlines save money; $30 for every minute saved, according to studies.