London Gatwick Airport announced the launch of a two-month experiment to test a new algorithm for boarding passengers on a plane. It will only be held at Gate 101, where new large information screens have already been installed and staff have received special training. If the experiment is successful, the passenger boarding time could be reduced by 10% or more.
And while 10% doesn't seem like a significant figure, this is one case where any optimization is useful. People come for boarding at different times, in different conditions, with and without luggage, each passenger must be delivered to a specific place and along the way to minimize the likelihood of conflicts.
The new algorithm is based on the idea that you first need to seat those who sit near the windows, away from the aisle. Then the second row of seats sits down, then the third. In each wave, the first passengers to enter the plane are those whose seats are located farthest from the entrance. Thus, the cabin of the airliner will be filled evenly, without pauses - no one will have to get up to let others into their seats.
It is specified that an exception will be made for passengers with children, the elderly, sick and other privileged categories of passengers. One of the side effects of the new algorithm, according to the creators, should be the absence of queues. With a strict boarding sequence, it's easy to figure out when your time is right and arrive at the gate on time.