Why Do We Board Airplanes the Dumb Way?


United Airlines

United Airlines (Photo credit: cliff1066™)

‘There are many ways to board a plane, with “back-to-front”—the chosen boarding process of most U.S. carriers—the slowest. It is so ineffective that timed research shows that simple random boarding ends up being faster.

‘One possibility is that airlines have no incentive to improve the process. As long as it remains terrible, they can sell early boarding privileges. Southwest, for example, charges $40 to be among the first 15 to board. Consider the indignity: The stress of boarding is so bad that people are willing to pay money to wait in the plane, rather than outside it—and they pay money to the very company causing that stress…’
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Expelling an honor roll student for an honest mistake
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‘This is an interesting case because parents and students showed up to defend one of their own. There needs to be a lot more of this kind of protest.

‘Also interesting: “The drug dogs came in…” Really? How often are drug dogs brought into this suburban high school and why – and why is this even tolerated?

‘Great “drug dogs” too. They responded to the smell of perfume which apparently gave them leave to ransack this young lady’s personal property.

‘Too often the people involved in these kind of travesties get to operate anonymously.

‘One of the purposes of this site is to name them by name.

‘Here’s the school involved…’

Are You Sleep Deprived? Find Out
‘Many people think that not getting a good night’s sleep makes them grumpy. In fact, the effects are far more damaging. Even small amounts of lost sleep play havoc with your brain, making you accident-prone, unproductive and unfocused. Poor quality sleep also dramatically increases the chances of you suffering from high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, and obesity.

‘The problem is especially pernicious because, unlike many other psychological and physical problems, it is easy to struggle through your life without realizing the full extent of the deprivation.

‘In fact you may be sleep deprived right now, without even realising. To help find out, take the Night School Sleep Test by clicking on the banner below…’
the test

Medical Tests You Don’t Need
‘These lists represent specific, evidence-based recommendations physicians and patients should discuss to help make wise decisions about the most appropriate care based on their individual situation. Each list provides information on when tests and procedures may be appropriate, as well as the methodology used in its creation.

‘Choosing Wisely recommendations should not be used to establish coverage decisions or exclusions. Rather, they are meant to spur conversation about what is appropriate and necessary treatment. As each patient situation is unique, physicians and patients should use the recommendations as guidelines to determine an appropriate treatment plan together…’
the list

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