AN AIRLINE has come up with a game-changing way to get passengers off the plane much faster after landing.
One of the frustrations of air travel is the slow process of exiting the plane, with passengers having to squeeze through a single door at the front of the plane.
If you are at the back of the plane it can mean long waiting times with up to hundreds of people ahead of you.
To speed this up, some airlines, including Virgin Australia and Qantas-owned Jetstar, regularly allow passengers to disembark from a set of stairs at the back of the plane.
But India’s largest carrier IndiGo has gone one step further and introduced a third door for passengers.
Uniquely, the third door on the right side of the plane is rarely used as an exit for anything other than an emergency.
The airline claims it can almost halve the time it takes to get passengers off the plane from up to 13 minutes to seven.
“The new three-point disembarkation process will be carried out from two front and one rear exit ramp, making IndiGo the first airline to use this process,” a spokesperson told India’s Hindustan Times.
A video uploaded on Twitter shows the new process of passengers leaving a plane via the various ramps.
While larger jumbo jets often board and disembark through three doors, this is the first time it has been done for a smaller aircraft typically used on domestic and short-haul routes.
“This aircraft usually takes around 13 minutes for passengers to board. However, the new process will make the boarding faster and will reduce the disembarkation time from 13 minutes to seven minutes,” the IndiGo spokesperson said.
It can be good for passengers who don’t want to hang around on board, but it can also be a boost for the airline.
The faster passengers can leave the plane, the shorter the turnaround time to get it back in the air with more fare-paying passengers on board.
However, some are skeptical of the airline’s claims.
Ben Schlappig of the American aviation blog One Mile At A Time questioned whether all the claimed time savings would actually happen.
He said: “The process of actually getting out the door is a bottleneck, but I would think that getting down the aisle is another thing that takes time and that’s still a problem, even with a second door in front.”
The next time you board your plane, you may notice that you always enter the cabin from the left side of the plane.
Aviation experts have said that the reasons for boarding on the left side is because the planes fill up on the right side, so they have to keep passengers away.
In addition, the right door is often used to bring supplies on board an aircraft, such as water and food, while passengers enter and exit on the left side.
Travelers have been warned that it could take much longer to get through airports than before.
Britons have been queuing for hours as they wait to go on holiday this summer.
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