I’ve always found the airplane boarding process tedious, inefficient and slow.
And it’s every time, and motion study has proven it, as airlines grapple with how to improve the how and when we get on and get off of airplanes.
Now, Southwest Airlines is going back to the future–to the days before jetways–in order to improve the boarding and deplaning speed. Southwest is testing the new process at four California airports. This involves opening both the front and rear doors of its planes.
Yes, you’ll be using stairs if you choose the rear door, but unless you have a physical disability or you’re hauling heavy carry-on bags, the rear door will almost certainly make things faster.