Boarding from the back rows first - typical in classier airlines - is much less efficient. As experience tells us, boarders are frequently held up while those ahead of them block the aisles.Even more efficient would be the boarding of passengers seat by seat, but the researchers noted that that would annoy most customers.
"Back-to-front boarding is bad because it is designed for cardboard-thin passengers, or for the spacious surroundings of the first-class compartment", explains Eitan Bachmat of Ben-Gurion University in Israel.
Perhaps the major airlines will take this as a lesson, improve their boarding efficiency (and turnaround time), and then reduce their fares - or at least keep out of bankruptcy.
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