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New Airplane Boarding Strategy Increases Efficiency, Test Finds

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The final boarding call for anxious fliers may arrive sooner than expected thanks to a new boarding strategy.

A new test shows there’s a faster more efficient way to board planes than the conventional method.

BBC News reports that the latest theory, called the Steffen Method, fills the plane from the outside in—boarding passengers in all the windows first, then the middle seats and finally the aisle seats—resulting in a 40 percent gain in efficiency.

This practical method avoids the problematic blocking of seats and aisles in the boarding process, reducing passenger wait time.

The theory is named after American astrophysicist Jason Steffen who devised the theory in 2008 after getting stuck in an unnecessarily long line at the departure gate.

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