Analysis of aeroplane boarding via spacetime geometry and random matrix theory Academic Article uri icon


  • 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 practised airline boarding policies are ineffective and even detrimental.

publication date

  • January 1, 2006