Never has there been a better time to grasp the opportunity to secure the rights to use the Flying Carpet system and enjoy the ben...
Around 80% of commercial aircraft are narrow bodied single-aisle airplanes with three seats each side, mainly serving medium and s...
Repeated simulations (100 times) show the Flying Carpet is far more consistent than existing traditional boarding methods, not to ...
Other Boarding Systems
Researchers and experts the world over have studied the boarding problem and proposed alternative systems such as: Random, WILMA (...
A typical commercial airliner costs at least US$40 per minute while it is waiting to be filled with passengers, according to a rec...
A generic Flying Carpet with 36 rows, 3 seats each side of a central aisle measures 2.4 metres wide x 8.0 metres long (8 feet x 2...
How it Works
The Flying Carpet is a mat or carpet marked with a scaled-down replica of an aircraft seating plan. It is placed in the departure...
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci
Q: Does the carpet need to be constantly changed to suit different airplanes using the same gate?
A: No, one size fits all. The carpet in the video caters for the largest single-aisle airplanes. Though smaller airplanes have fewer rows it doesn’t matter, it just means the highest row numbers on the carpet will be ignored for that particular flight.
Q: Wouldn’t it be better to use some sort of electronic screens on the floor so that the seating arrangements can be changed?
A: No need to change the pattern, all airplanes have the same numbering system: seats A,B,C,D,…. left to right; rows 1,2,3,4,5,6,… front to back. No need for lighting or electronics either, the large numbers are highly visible. The KISS principle applies (Keep It Simple, S….. )
Q: What happens with family members that need to board the airplane at the same time?
A: No problem, they can stay together. Even for half a dozen there’s enough room for them and their bags on the carpet.
Q: Do people scan their boarding pass before or after stepping onto the carpet?
A: After, when the group moves past the consoles passengers present their passes (or mobile phones) to the automatic scanners or gate agents.
Q: Wouldn’t people push against each other trying to get to their standing spot on the carpet?
A: No, passengers divert left and right onto their places as the move forward along the carpet, leaving the aisle clear for others. With less than 20% of passengers at a time, there’s plenty of room on the carpet, less crowded than a cinema foyer. Likewise they are spread thinly in the airplane aisle, averaging about one passenger per row.
Q: Would an airline have to abandon its current system altogether, eg. Rear-to-Front?
A: Not necessarily, whatever system is used, it will always work better if passengers enter the airplane in row order – which is of course what the Flying Carpet achieves.
Q: What happens if passengers don’t comply?
A: There will always be mavericks who want to buck the system, but one or two per group won’t make much difference overall. Thankfully, the great majority of people are more than happy to abide by with a system that is seen as sensible, efficient and fair.
Q: Never mind the boarding method, isn’t it the passengers with oversize bags that causes the delays?
A: Yes, but a major benefit of the Flying Carpet is that slowcoaches can’t cause bottlenecks. Being in row order all the other passengers along the aisle can take their seats immediately.
“The greatest ideas are the simplest.”
Below are some news articles and reports about the Flying Carpet aircraft boarding system in various media and sources.
“Any darn fool can make something complex. It takes a genius to make something simple.”
Is a Flying Carpet the Solution to slow airplane boarding? – 17 February 2015
Airlines and airports look to take the pain out of boarding airplanes – 18 December 2013
The search for speedy boarding – 22 November 2013
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