What is the fastest way to board an airplane?

You might think it’s front to back … but that is wrong. The best method is window seats first, then middle, then aisle–the “inside-out” method.  Jason Steffen’s paper “Optimal boarding method for airline passengers” applies the experimental method to this problem and explains why the inside-out method is the fastest way to board a plane. Steffan is a physicist (i.e., a real scientist), so why don’t more of his “social science” colleagues try to solve practical problems like this one? Is the real world beneath them?

About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.
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1 Response to What is the fastest way to board an airplane?

  1. Pingback: Random boarding, anyone? | prior probability

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