Airlines try new tactics in endless quest for better boarding

DALLAS • Getting people on and off an airplane quickly is so complicated that even an astrophysicist couldn’t figure it out. The astrophysicist, Jason Steffen of the University of Illinois, normally contemplates things such as axion-like particles. But after waiting in one boarding line too many, he turned to the mysteries of airline seating. “I thought there had to be a better way,” he says. So, after a series of calculations, he deduced that the best system would be a combination of filling wi...

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