The Better Boarding Method Airlines Won't Use

Adapted from 'Optimal Boarding Method for Airline Passengers':

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  • Thomas escaped mental hospital
    Thomas escaped mental hospital3 klukkustundum síðan

    It’s safe to say the back to front method is way better than having a global pandemic

  • John Lavvas
    John Lavvas9 klukkustundum síðan

    The handsome backbone unexplainably wonder because advertisement regularly push over a lazy dill. useless, mute frame

  • Jesper Aung
    Jesper Aung13 klukkustundum síðan

    Wait, if bags are the problem them why not make a system where air lines take one luggage bag for free to stow away. This way the number of pull aways and parallels is less by decreasing the number of luggage people bring on board.

  • Sevdi M.
    Sevdi M.15 klukkustundum síðan

    at 6:23 those seat numbers are all next to each other … I love attention to detail

  • Dogancan Olcay
    Dogancan Olcay17 klukkustundum síðan

    6:40 I’m still laughing...

  • Adarsh Thoduvakkal
    Adarsh Thoduvakkal22 klukkustundum síðan

    Grey's Videos should be a mandatory watch for the country. Think about the issues it could solve.

  • Christian Sampson
    Christian SampsonDegi Síðan síðan

    If I ever start an airline, I'm implementing the Steffen method.

  • Daniel Bruk
    Daniel BrukDegi Síðan síðan

    Laughs in non boarding groups airlines

  • Thecommander248
    Thecommander2482 dögum síðan

    Just so you know, those people who have three bags when they board might be like me: I military with free carry-ons.

  • obsidian saber
    obsidian saber3 dögum síðan

    The UK just doesn't have this problem and leaving a plane is a free for all

  • spazmatt527
    spazmatt5273 dögum síðan

    What about back to front combined with window to aisle?

  • Big UPS Jasper
    Big UPS Jasper3 dögum síðan

    I know this is a 2 year old vid and this is an absurd piece of criticism. However, we are apes not monkeys. Monkeys have tails.

  • StormTheFox14
    StormTheFox143 dögum síðan

    what if airplanes had 2 wide rows

  • Mohamad Taher

    Mohamad Taher

    12 klukkustundum síðan

    and two doors? x15 efficiently at least

  • Trent Neff
    Trent Neff3 dögum síðan

    How to deboard in 3 easy steps: Step 1: everyone gets off their seats step 2: form a line step 3: the line moves out of the aircraft easy

  • Иван Яровицин
    Иван Яровицин3 dögum síðan

    When he used hand sanitizer I was like "wait what, this video is kinda old, surely from before covid" and then I checked that it's actually from before covid and that was an even bigger "wait what", but almost paranormal this time

  • Stefan Stefansson
    Stefan Stefansson4 dögum síðan

    Modular passenger compartment. "Board" inside terminal, then slide/deploy the capsule onto the carrier plane. In case of engine trouble, release capsule and deploy parachutes... no fuel explosion. Easy modular upgrades... super fast, can be set to be on a platform with easy on/off "boarding".

  • Max Schlüter
    Max Schlüter4 dögum síðan

    I've never experienced Boarding groups.

  • Angus Carnegie
    Angus Carnegie4 dögum síðan

    then what is the best way to de-plane?

  • MrNoNonsense
    MrNoNonsense5 dögum síðan

    Why not just make a two way aisle? Problem solved.

  • Millie K.
    Millie K.6 dögum síðan

    In the UK, we use the random method but with the addition of using both the front and back doors. This means, depending on your seat, you use the door that gets you to your seat faster, avoiding the other half of the plane completely. Same goes with exiting most of the time

  • Guy Ebner
    Guy Ebner6 dögum síðan

    I believe that there are some airlines who use some of the methods you advised in the video in one way or another

  • Ctrl - Alt - Nerd
    Ctrl - Alt - Nerd6 dögum síðan

    I am very disappointed that Hexagon is the Bestagon is not in the top 12 playlist

  • Cool Bro
    Cool Bro7 dögum síðan

    Yeah, random thrice is used in the airline I go to before traveling, United Airlines

  • Anonymous Jenious
    Anonymous Jenious7 dögum síðan

    I would say that i can modify steffen modified even better, only 12 groups which is window aisle method combined with steffen modified.

  • Antony Lourdu Raj S
    Antony Lourdu Raj S7 dögum síðan

    Here's a Thought.. Why can't we use another door at the back to Board half of passanger's.. 🙄

  • Aichen HE
    Aichen HE8 dögum síðan

    "And maximize the human life wasted on a flight. What would you do?" Me: *crash the plane*

  • Just me
    Just me8 dögum síðan

    2:37 I like the burgeoise-proletariet easter egg,as a marxist

  • rps HD
    rps HD9 dögum síðan

    AirCGP when?

  • Tom Weever
    Tom Weever10 dögum síðan

    on all the flights ive been on we just boarded randomly, maybe its a ryanair thing

  • Casey Toivenon
    Casey Toivenon10 dögum síðan

    Yeah... here in Australia we just go in when ever we get there. No "method" to it!

  • Kevin McCabe
    Kevin McCabe10 dögum síðan

    Even with your modified Steffen approach you would still have to exactly order people in line for each group from back to front, that's where this all falls apart. It's still completely impractical. Also every airline I've been on loads front to back.

  • Samuel Carrillo
    Samuel Carrillo10 dögum síðan

    I feel ws should stack thm up like hexgons...

  • Electric Gaming
    Electric Gaming10 dögum síðan

    I’m so confused 😵‍💫

  • Jan Kobeszko
    Jan Kobeszko10 dögum síðan

    I love this video

  • Anson
    Anson11 dögum síðan

    Slowest way to go: front to back, aisle middle window.

  • Ikannuna Plays
    Ikannuna Plays11 dögum síðan

    Every fly Southwest? The fastest thing to happen on those flights was boarding/unboarding. I'm still bitter about the 2.5hr flight that took 6 hours after waiting for 3 hours on the tarmac to depart.

  • Shfujo
    Shfujo11 dögum síðan

    Or go to Europe. Two doors, no VIP and instead of group you get a seat number and just go there

  • Error_001_ Plays Mc
    Error_001_ Plays Mc12 dögum síðan

    0:46 I just watch the one about hexagons this is showing why squares are bad

  • Ben Tv Howman
    Ben Tv Howman12 dögum síðan

    Myth busters tried a few methods but unless it's tried on the real world we won't know properly

  • Bonnie Jane
    Bonnie Jane12 dögum síðan

    Hating on my airline like this

  • stoneheart
    stoneheart13 dögum síðan

    Right at 5:33... It's so satisfying... Ohhh.... So satisfying to watch. They even slot in to the music...

  • Jack Donaldson
    Jack Donaldson13 dögum síðan

    Huge J.R.R.Tolkien fan here

  • Hamish Robotham
    Hamish Robotham13 dögum síðan

    1 other best method is back to front window middle isle

  • Swarit Dholakia
    Swarit Dholakia13 dögum síðan

    casey neistat @ 3:05 👀

  • Lucky Smith
    Lucky Smith14 dögum síðan

    All thanks to @vecbud on telegram he teach alot I like to attend your service you're the best when it come to teaching

  • Carolina Rodriguez
    Carolina Rodriguez14 dögum síðan

    How dramatic

  • Robi_CK
    Robi_CK15 dögum síðan

    Thought of one more: BROADER corridor. Wth it has to be so narrow ONE person putting their bag blocks it? If it was big for 2 people, person behind could just pass through to their seat

    KILTERFUN15 dögum síðan

    i love your vids they are sosmart

  • Mostly ForYT
    Mostly ForYT16 dögum síðan

    Holup. I'm in an airport right now and they're doing front to back..

  • Soul Dragon
    Soul Dragon16 dögum síðan


  • Dungeon Tsar
    Dungeon Tsar16 dögum síðan

    This is why the robots will win

  • hunty12we
    hunty12we16 dögum síðan

    front to back isle middle window

  • Alex Benton
    Alex Benton16 dögum síðan

    On super saver flights you board last and you’re still at the back...

  • ᆞLily_Flowerᆞ
    ᆞLily_Flowerᆞ16 dögum síðan

    Nobody: The Delighted Grim Reaper: **winks nicely at all the old souls wasting their seconds on plane boarding queues**

  • CrotaSlayer15
    CrotaSlayer1517 dögum síðan

    *Did the grim reaper just wink at me?*

  • Mateusz Szczypek
    Mateusz Szczypek17 dögum síðan

    I’m here while waiting for my boarding group to be called

  • lach888 c
    lach888 c17 dögum síðan

    Better plan: 1. Give everyone a little buzzer 2. Buzzers are programmed to buzz in Steffen Method 3. Buzzer buzzes when it’s time to board 4. Busy business travellers are content with their buzzing buzzers.

  • Nolan Penosky
    Nolan Penosky18 dögum síðan

    Say hello to the next Dr. Seuss

  • Pedalwerk
    Pedalwerk18 dögum síðan

    2:02 - Grey cleaning his metal claws with hand sanitiser before it was cool.

  • Void Phenomenon

    Void Phenomenon

    2 dögum síðan

    I’ve never washed my hands until people told me to.

  • Fahim Mosharrof Ratul

    Fahim Mosharrof Ratul

    10 dögum síðan

    Underrated comment

  • snoopyguy21
    snoopyguy2119 dögum síðan

    I flew on a plane that did the back to front method and it was pretty quick. At least compared to the normal method I'm used to, which is front to back

  • Zaidy Jack
    Zaidy Jack19 dögum síðan

    If only

  • Alec Lipscomb
    Alec Lipscomb20 dögum síðan

    amogus next to grey at 0:47

  • Sam D26

    Sam D26

    14 dögum síðan

    Ok zoomer

  • Alec Lipscomb

    Alec Lipscomb

    20 dögum síðan

    The blue bag right next to him

  • EVER 957.000
    EVER 957.00020 dögum síðan

    I need an entire game with this artstyle *cough* Bee Factory *cough*

  • Zardae
    Zardae20 dögum síðan

    I love 6:35 :D

  • Aiden Brewster
    Aiden Brewster20 dögum síðan

    Nice rhymes btw

  • FCSΩ //FCSectorΩ
    FCSΩ //FCSectorΩ20 dögum síðan

    Twelve groups, every other window, the other windows, then repeat for the middle then aisle

  • Ewa Butt
    Ewa Butt20 dögum síðan

    Thumbnail says it's 9:32 thought it's actually 8:27

  • Squacke
    Squacke21 degi síðan síðan

    we should board like What you know about rolling

  • Don't Bother
    Don't Bother22 dögum síðan

    3:26 Southwest Airlines does this still. And you get to choose your own seats.

  • Jiyan Lal
    Jiyan Lal22 dögum síðan

    random until a gassy 62 year old, 2 yr old and 23 year old girl have to sit togeter

  • Alfie Tresadern
    Alfie Tresadern23 dögum síðan

    Not sure if this is commonplace in other countries, but in the UK almost all planes have doors at the back as well. Usually the passengers are split in a front half and back half, and then board randomly in that assigned half. I feel like this is probably the best realistic way you could get people to board.

  • Igor Acio
    Igor Acio24 dögum síðan

    Fastest way: prohibit stowing overhead

  • iDoGaming
    iDoGaming24 dögum síðan

    honestly, people are money crazed dogs that don't care about anything else

  • Hjalte Solvang
    Hjalte Solvang25 dögum síðan

    I would say that front- back isle- middle - window would be slower.

  • Foothill CCF
    Foothill CCF25 dögum síðan

    What's even faster way of boarding? get rid of seat numbers and let people sit wherever they want

  • My Car Is Chaotic
    My Car Is Chaotic25 dögum síðan

    Wait I remember watching this before.... wait hold on.

  • FarmFoods
    FarmFoods25 dögum síðan

    3:15 shame i used thomas cook

  • Dawid23 mapper
    Dawid23 mapper26 dögum síðan

    6:39 That guy skipped 120 boarding groups for a split second

  • Ibrahem 555
    Ibrahem 55526 dögum síðan

    I think the wrong is with seats order system, I’m thinking about divide the seats to two types in the two rows - On one row one seat next to window for one person. - On the second one 6 seats, each 3 seats facing each other with table in the middle and one group can book it, if you suppose want to bring your family or friends with you. I think this will make Double-track passage for the plane ( and also saves the privacy of the passenger ) which will help the passengers and flight attendants

  • Edmund Xu
    Edmund Xu26 dögum síðan

    I'm watching this while trying to board a plane

  • Abu Mahzoorah Aymaan
    Abu Mahzoorah Aymaan27 dögum síðan

    1:07 wow the rhyme

  • Marsella D. Fyngold
    Marsella D. Fyngold27 dögum síðan

    I dunno man, de-planing back to front would be gotta wait that additional time for all the ppl in the back to walk aaaallll the way down the length of the plane.

  • Roselle's Fantasies
    Roselle's Fantasies27 dögum síðan

    does anybody watch jeenie weenie? if so, please send this video to her

  • Carlos
    Carlos27 dögum síðan

    You sound like Koro sensei !

  • LordDarias
    LordDarias28 dögum síðan

    This video is definitely a curse, every single time I am waiting to leave a plane It will pop into my mind as I wait far too long for people in front of me to leave

  • Trenton Goins

    Trenton Goins

    21 degi síðan síðan

    If it makes you feel better, there's still a ton of work that has to happen in the background before a plane is ready to takeoff. They gotta load luggage, refuel, routine inspections, personnel swaps etc. All that is to say, there have been plenty of times where everyone boards the plane and the plane still sits at the gate for another 5-10 minutes sorting out whatever miscellaneous stuff needs doing. Meaning a faster boarding time wouldn't have equated to a faster takeoff at all

  • munke munke
    munke munke28 dögum síðan

    Southwest airlines doesn't care where you sit as long as you get on in your group.

  • SN0Wflake007
    SN0Wflake00728 dögum síðan

    Going into the plane with the window, middle and aisle is only a problem if it’s a parent and a child travelling. It would end up separating the family. Unless they go together, which just breaks the entire cycle so there is no point.

  • Noah Tackett
    Noah Tackett28 dögum síðan

    Perfect method, just have a bunch of one person boarding groups and they'll quickly realize "oh this works so much better

  • BlueMaster75
    BlueMaster7528 dögum síðan

    Just get more aisles.

  • Birdy Warrior
    Birdy Warrior29 dögum síðan

    In sweden we kinda just throw the gates open

  • Uigrahp
    Uigrahp29 dögum síðan

    14:27 what is that

  • Uigrahp
    Uigrahp29 dögum síðan

    2:03 what is that

  • Cutieb00tie
    Cutieb00tie29 dögum síðan

    Or (something not know to Americans) use fast train like TVE, ICE or famous Japanese Shinkansen which although have "random" metod of boarding also have more than 2 station's

  • Rin The Trash Bin
    Rin The Trash Bin29 dögum síðan

    I'm creeped this was on my reccomended, since I'm boarding a plane in a few hours

  • Ryuichi Ikegami
    Ryuichi Ikegami29 dögum síðan

    Fastest way to board is to ban carry on bags.

  • Mike Hunt
    Mike Hunt29 dögum síðan

    What about the dude in boarding group 1 who comes in right before gate close

  • Manvel Msurian
    Manvel Msurian29 dögum síðan

    Every plane i ever flew where random and without bording group

  • Filip Protaś
    Filip Protaś29 dögum síðan

    you like bees

  • Dave Chua
    Dave ChuaMánuði síðan

    Make each Isle hold 2 people

  • today_yesterday
    today_yesterdayMánuði síðan

    ok i saw all of this video and i just wonder, why dont planes just make a planes middle bigger?