Two Exits is Better Than One for Alaska Airlines
We’re pretty accustomed to getting off an airplane one way and one way only, and that’s moseying down the jet bridge or jet stairs and heading back into the terminal. There’s one carrier looking to change that by re-adopting the old school approach of rear disembarkation, if only to speed up de-planing and turn around aircraft faster.
Alaska Airlines is testing out some new procedures, including hoping off the plane through both front and rear doors. In theory it doesn’t really sound like that big of a deal, but two exits area better than one and it bodes well for on-time performance.
Alaska believes the change will shave off 10 minutes when it’s time to unload passengers from their Boeing 737s. Dual exits are now a (trial) option at airports in spots like Seattle, San Jose, and Long Beach.
We obviously love our time spent aboard airplanes and doing our thing up in the air. However, when it’s over it’s over, and we’d certainly appreciate an expedited way to get back on the ground and into the terminal—even if we have to huff it down a pair of air stairs.