Analysis of aeroplane boarding via spacetime geometry and random matrix theory

E. Bachmat, D. Berend, L. Sapir, S. Skiena, N. Stolyarov

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Abstract

We show that aeroplane boarding can be asymptotically modelled by two-dimensional Lorentzian geometry. Boarding time is given by the maximal proper time among curves in the model. Discrepancies between the model and simulation results are closely related to random matrix theory. The models can be used to explain why some commonly practiced airline boarding policies are ineffective and even detrimental.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberL01
Pages (from-to)L453-L459
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and General
Volume39
Issue number29
DOIs
StatePublished - 21 Jul 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (all)

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