‘Boarding bingo’ trial at Gatwick cuts boarding time by 10%

Oct 30, 2019

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Boarding cards and dabbers at the ready, some EasyJet passengers at Gatwick are experiencing a new boarding procedure that’s being called “boarding bingo”. The two-month-long trial is being done in hopes to make boarding times quicker and reduce waiting time for passengers.

The new method sees boarding start with window seats at the back, followed by middle seats and then aisle seats moving towards the front of the cabin. Gatwick Airport deems this boarding style to be more suitable to those travelling solo. For families or passengers travelling in groups, boarding will also be started from the back of the aircraft, but by entire rows rather than just seat numbers. Priority boarding and those requiring special assistance will still board first during the trial period.

As a visual aid to the system, each boarding area has a new digital screen that displays which numbers and rows are to board next — not too dissimilar to the screens at your local bingo hall.

For the time being, you will only be able to experience “boarding bingo” from Gatwick’s Gate 101 on EasyJet flights.

Gatwick Airport suggests that this new method could reduce boarding time by up to 10%, according to BBC. During the trial with the new process, the airline has managed to board 158 passengers in 14 minutes thanks to its “boarding bingo” method — around 2-3 minutes quicker than usual.

EasyJet is not the first airline to experiment with aircraft seating. Japan Airlines recently added an industry-first option to its seatmap by showing passengers where babies were seated in an attempt to give more chance of a quieter flight.

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