A new television show in production, titled This vs That, claims to have found the fastest way to board a plane - and it's not the standard block method most airlines currently use.
According to the BBC, Jon Hotchkiss, the producer of the show, tested five different methods on a simulated version of a Boeing 757. 72 passengers were recruited to board the plane, luggage in tow.
Of all the tests used, the current block method finished last, taking passengers 6 minutes and 54 seconds to board. In almost half the time, 3:36, passengers were able to board using the Steffen method.
The Steffen method was created by astrophysicist Dr. Jason Steffen, who was approached by Hotchkiss to test his approach on camera. The method boards planes first with families with children, as is custom now. Then passengers enter alternating rows, window seat first, starting from the back of the plane. After the window, middle and finally aisle board the plane.
Because it could save airlines millions of dollars, Dr. Steffen is optimistic that his approach will be used in commercial flights.
I haven't received a phone call yet, but the day is young, so maybe that will change, he told the BBC.
Following after the Steffen method was the Wilma method, similar to Steffen, seating window first, then middle, and aisle. This method is currently in use by United Airlines.
In third place was random seating, which reduces the chances of passengers simultaneously boarding in same row. American Airlines now uses this method. Although it cuts time to some, it appears to cause confusion for others, The Los Angeles Times reports.
Watch Dr. Steffen's method here: