Optimization of assigning passengers to seats on airplanes based on their carry-on luggage

The authors build upon previous work that assigns passengers to a specific numerical position in line that depends on their seat location. The assignment of seat locations to passengers depends on the number of luggage they carry aboard the plane. In particular, they propose a mixed integer programming model that determines the number of luggage to be carried by passengers assigned to each seat. Numerical results indicate that the proposed approach results in a reduction of the time to complete the boarding of the plane. The improvement is greatest when many luggage are carried onto the plane. The optimal distribution of luggage assigns passengers with few carry-on bags to the rows of the plane closest to the entrance.


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  • Accession Number: 01601220
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 23 2016 9:49AM