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Submission + - Optimal boarding for airlines: strict ordering

electrostatic writes: A physicist says he has solved a problem that costs airlines millions every year: what is the quickest way to get passengers aboard an aircraft? Boarding is a serious issue for airlines, particularly those operating short flights that run several times a day, yet boarding times have steadily increased for decades. Jason Steffen of the Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, who has come up with the ideal boarding sequence, says the method used by many airlines is almost the worst.

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