So I spend a little bit of time traveling. So far this year I can count catching around 59 flights and one of the little frustrations that I come across on a regular basis is when we are asked to board simultaneously from both ends of the plane based on the their seat number.
In theory this should lead to a quicker boarding process, but what invariably happens is that:
- Someone has a medical condition that board from the rear.
- Someone can’t following simple instructions.
If I was being kind I’d say that number one is the more common scenario, but more often than not its number two (because I see just as many people trying to get to seat 5F by boarding the rear of the plane!!
I’m not sure how they tested dual boarding procedures, but I suspect that they probably got a whole bunch of hosties and practiced boarding the plane. The problem with hosties is that they they probably got it right every time.
I think that if they built a computer simulation and put a random (1) and (2) amongst the passengers they could see that the boarding process is significantly slowed down in a dual boarding situation.