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Symmetry 2017, 9(10), 222;

Evaluation of Airplane Boarding/Deboarding Strategies: A Surrogate Experimental Test

College of Transportation and Logistics, East China Jiaotong University, Nanchang 330013, China
School of Traffic and Transportation, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044, China
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Received: 15 September 2017 / Revised: 1 October 2017 / Accepted: 9 October 2017 / Published: 11 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Civil Engineering and Symmetry)
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Optimally organizing passengers boarding/deboarding an airplane offers a potential way to reduce the airplane turn time. The main contribution of our work is that we evaluate seven boarding strategies and two structured deboarding strategies by using a surrogate experimental test. Instead of boarding a real or mocked airplane, we carried out the experiment by organizing 40 participants to board a school bus with ten rows of four seats, symmetrically distributed on a single, central aisle. Experimental results confirm that the optimized strategies, i.e., Steffen and Steffen-lug, are superior to the traditional ones, i.e., Back-to-front, Window-to-aisle, and Random in time-saving and stability. However, the two structured deboarding strategies failed to reduce the deboarding time, and this result strongly suggests the prerequisites of applying such strategies only when, on average, passengers have a large amount of luggage. Besides, we further carried out a questionnaire survey of participants’ preferences on seat layout and discussed how those preferences influence the boarding time. View Full-Text
Keywords: airplane turn time; boarding/deboarding strategies; seat preference; experimental test airplane turn time; boarding/deboarding strategies; seat preference; experimental test

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Qiang, S.; Jia, B.; Huang, Q. Evaluation of Airplane Boarding/Deboarding Strategies: A Surrogate Experimental Test. Symmetry 2017, 9, 222.

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