LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Analysis of aeroplane boarding via spacetime geometry and random matrix theory
Abstract
We show that aeroplane boarding can be asymptotically modelled by twodimensional 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.
 Publication:

Journal of Physics A Mathematical General
 Pub Date:
 July 2006
 DOI:
 10.1088/03054470/39/29/L01
 arXiv:
 arXiv:physics/0512020
 Bibcode:
 2006JPhA...39L.453B
 Keywords:

 Physics  Physics and Society
 EPrint:
 4 pages