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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.
"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.
||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).
||Oh. I thought this was going to be an improvement on waterboarding.
||I thought it was going to be cheap travel on ships.
||I'm guessing that they don't do this because of what  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.
||Also it makes impossible the separation of
passengers and baggage that is considered
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
hypothetical ability to disassemble the plane in
flight. It's not like I would.
||Well, probably not anyway, long flights do get