Optimal boarding method for airline passengers

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Using a Markov Chain Monte Carlo optimization algorithm and a computer simulation, I find the passenger ordering which minimizes the time required to board the passengers onto an airplane. The model that I employ assumes that the time that a passenger requires to load his or her luggage is the dominant contribution to the time needed to completely fill the aircraft. The optimal boarding strategy may reduce the time required to board and airplane by over a factor of four and possibly more depending upon the dimensions of the aircraft. I explore some features of the optimal boarding method and ... continued below

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Steffen, Jason H. February 1, 2008.

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Using a Markov Chain Monte Carlo optimization algorithm and a computer simulation, I find the passenger ordering which minimizes the time required to board the passengers onto an airplane. The model that I employ assumes that the time that a passenger requires to load his or her luggage is the dominant contribution to the time needed to completely fill the aircraft. The optimal boarding strategy may reduce the time required to board and airplane by over a factor of four and possibly more depending upon the dimensions of the aircraft. I explore some features of the optimal boarding method and discuss practical modifications to the optimal. Finally, I mention some of the benefits that could come from implementing an improved passenger boarding scheme.

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  • Report No.: FERMILAB-PUB-08-035-A-CD
  • Grant Number: AC02-07CH11359
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 924533
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc897798

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Steffen, Jason H. Optimal boarding method for airline passengers, article, February 1, 2008; Batavia, Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc897798/: accessed October 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.