A test by the popular American television series MythBusters is likely to help aviation companies to board passengers on a plane as fast as possible.
A group of volunteer passengers boarded a custom-built replica of a 173-seat aircraft.
The boarding method used by most carriers – business class first and followed by zones from back to front – is the slowest and least efficient of six possible seating techniques. It took 24 minutes and 29 seconds before all of the volunteer passengers were in their seats with the back-to-front method.
The fastest method which is also the least satisfied by most of the passengers is no assigned seat boarding. It took 14 minutes and 7 seconds. Passengers in economy boarded the plane from back to front and outside in. It was the third fastest technique with a time of 15 minutes and 10 seconds.
Method of passengers seated first window seats, followed by middle seats and aisle seats was the second fastest technique with a completion time of 14 min. and 55 sec.
Professional cabin crew directed passengers to their seats and assisted with hand luggage that had to be placed in overhead lockers or checked because it was too large.