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Cargo Deck Boarding

No more check-in luggage
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Everyone boards the plane through the cargo deck and stows away their own luggage on racks equipped with nets. Flights of stairs lead to the main deck. During the flight, the cargo deck is locked for safety reasons.

The advantage: No more checking in/ waiting for luggage would shave off at least 30 min of journey time. Imagine the economic implications of this especially on short haul flights.

Obviously this would only work for wide-body aircraft. To avoid a pile-up the aircraft is boarded/unboarded in stages and the cargo deck is divided into 3 manageable sections. Should still work faster than the conveyor belt system.

kinemojo, Dec 21 2006

Self-Stowed Luggage http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IL-86
"Passengers board on the lower deck via the integrated airstairs and stow their own baggage, before proceeding upstairs to their seats, allowing the Il-86 to operate from airfields without any facilities" [Teh Muffin Man, Jul 06 2007]


       Already baked. Check out the 1st link.
Teh Muffin Man, Jul 06 2007

       The luggage could still be weighed and registred, at the Check-In counter. Then an individual luggage piece 'Cargo Loading Tag', would be attached to the bags/suitcases, specifying the luggage shelf position inside the lower deck sections, that particular piece of luggage should be inserted and left at.   

       But, the cargo volumes are rather cramped areas, to access, as the designs of craft are today. Acrobatic skills are required, as well a considerable physical strength and power (20-30-40 kilo's suitcases, to be handled at odd and reaching bodily positions and angles).   

       And there is not that much time 'wasted', to be saved, in modern day slimline flight operations. Most is carried out, at the same timing interval as the passengers embark the flight, (from terminal to actually sitting in the seat).   

       Some Japanese tourists, visiting Europe/italy, send their luggage by mail/post (possibly actually courrier service), and travel with just 2 days of changing clothes. That puts the entire luggage situations off-line, sending it off from the traquility of Ones own home, and saves a taxi-fare, as you travel light, and can easily use walking/public (urban) transports, (or the SedgeWay,..), hitch-hiking, or going in a smaller city-car (without room for much luggage, in particular if you are a party of friends and family).
sirau, Jun 04 2011

       Oh. I thought this was going to be an improvement on waterboarding.
normzone, Jun 06 2011

       I thought it was going to be cheap travel on ships.   

       I'm guessing that they don't do this because of what [21] and [sirau] said, and because it would delay the 'plane. It's better to keep the passengers waiting around but reduce the turnover time for the 'planes - at least from the airline's point of view.
spidermother, Jun 07 2011

       Also it makes impossible the separation of passengers and baggage that is considered essential for security these days. I like being able to check my tool kit if I'm traveling for work, but for some reason the airlines aren't happy about me having the hypothetical ability to disassemble the plane in flight. It's not like I would.   

       Well, probably not anyway, long flights do get boring.
MechE, Jun 07 2011


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