OUTBOUND AIRLINE BAGGAGE SYSTEMS - A SURVEY OF TECHNOLOGIES AND EVALUATION OF METHODS OF ANALYSIS

This thesis is a study of baggage handling technology and of models for analysis of outbound baggage systems. Baggage handling technologies are examined for their impact on passengers, space requirements, operating capacity, and cost. A GPSS simulation model and a deterministic queueing model are evaluated as planning tools for future baggage systems. A diffusion approximation is used to improve the deterministic estimates of queue length at check-in counters. Both models appear to be useful as planning tools although both overestimate queues in some situations. The GPSS model gives more detail on the baggage system simulated; however, the more simple and less costly determinsitic model appears to be as useful as the GPSS model for determining staffing requirements.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Department of Civil Engineering, 77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02139
  • Authors:
    • Karash, K H
  • Publication Date: 1970

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  • Accession Number: 00155622
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1977 12:00AM