The way we get off airplanes makes absolutely no sense


There are few things more infuriating about flying than waiting to get off an airplane.

After flying across the country at hundreds of miles per hour, we spend dozens of minutes achingly close to our destinations, watching other people slowly get their bags out of the overhead bins and trod down the aisle.


But here’s the truly infuriating thing: there’s a much better way to deboard, and no airline uses it.

Using computer simulations, multiple groups of independent researchers have found that deboarding by aisle, rather than row, would cut deboarding times down significantly. In other words, you’d let all aisle passengers off first, then all middle seats, then all windows.

See Results to a 2014 Northwestern Study

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