Imagine being in the first few rows of economy but not getting up when the boarding door opens because you are seated in a window seat. All over the world, passengers de-plane aisle, then middle, then window row-by-row, but what if everyone in the aisles de-planed first? Vox reports on a Northwestern study that says it would speed up the process for all passengers, regardless of your location.
Initially, it might feel weird to wait this way, but it has a key advantage over the conventional method. Currently, each person moves towards the exit as soon as they physically can — a decision that makes sense for them in isolation, but slows down everyone behind them because they often end up blocking the whole line as they get their bag down. The only real efficient use of the aisle and overhead bins comes right when the plane first parks, and all the aisle seat passengers are able to get their bags down at once without blocking others. This deboarding method would replicate this stage for the whole process. All middle and window seat passengers would similarly have a minute in the aisle to pull their bags down without blocking people behind them. At any given moment, use of the aisle space and overhead bins would be maximized, and the line would be blocked for a much smaller amount of time.
Why don’t we at least test this method? What are the disadvantages? Check out this Vox article and thanks to Juan over there for sharing with our readers. The de-planing process would be the exact opposite of the proposed boarding process in the video below.