Other Boarding Systems

Researchers and experts the world over have studied the boarding problem and proposed alternative systems such as: Random, WILMA (window/middle/aisle), Rotating Zone, Block, Outside-In, Reverse Pyramid (combination of Outside-In & Back-to-Front).

Random is one of the fastest but, as most passengers will attest, not a pleasant experience. All other systems involve much regimentation and staff input. Researchers have found that it should be possible to fill a airplane in about a quarter of the usual time, as long as every passenger was ready and willing to board when dictated by the computer, regardless of whether they wished to board together as a family or couple.

None of the systems currently used, including Random, are as fast as the Flying Carpet, which has the added advantage of minimal regimentation; people can choose when they wish to board, as individuals, couples, or families.