
Boarding Planes Back to Front is a Bad Idea
It turns out that backtofront boarding of planes doesn't work as well as the freeforall.
Analysis of airplane boarding via spacetime geometry and random matrix theory
We show that airplane boarding can be asymptotically modeled by 2dimensional Lorentzian geometry. Boarding time is given by the maximal proper time among curves in the model. Discrepancies between the model and simulation results are closely related to random matrix theory. We then show how such models can be used to explain why some commonly practiced airline boarding policies are ineffective and even detrimental. A humanreadable form is available at Nature.com. Obligatory data warehouse reference: Imagine if they could turn the planes 15 minutes faster. I think we have a long way to go in BI before we can offer decent modeling of problems like this.
Posted by Mark Thursday, December 15, 2005 12:17:00 PM 
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