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October 30, 2008 2:40 PM Subscribe
Does eliminating assigned seating reduce boarding times for airplanes? And if so, why?
posted by vodkaboots to travel & transportation (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
For the first time I recently took a flight without assigned seating. It seemed really chaotic and slow to me, what with everyone clustering and jostling for position waiting for them to start boarding, and then on the plane with people randomly sitting wherever and holding up the whole aisle putting luggage in overheads or backtracking to find sets of seats together. It also seemed like most people who were rushing to get on were wanting to sit in the front, which further slowed things down as everyone behind them had to wait for them to get out of the aisle and sit down before going on.
I was curious so I did some googling and found some info like this article
(bottom of article) that claims it is faster to eliminate assigned seating. Can anyone tell me if this is true, and if so, why?