Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Real reasons why passengers always board planes on the left

Have you ever wondered why you always board your flight from the left of the plane? Well, experts have every reason to believe that this dates back to when people used to travel by ship.

A commercial pilot explained on Quora: “I believe the reasoning goes back to ships, which have a port (left) and starboard (right) side."

“The word starboard comes from 'steerboard,' which referred to a board similar to a rudder on the right of the ship," he added.

"The placement of this board required that the port side was the one you would embark and disembark from, so most airplane and jetway designers followed the same convention," he said.

He also said that all airlines use the same side for planes nowadays as it is "efficient if everyone agrees to use the same side," while alighting the plane onto the aerobridges at airports.

While, some say that the reason to board from the left of the cabin is that the planes are refuelled on the right, so they need to keep passengers out of the way.

19/10/21 DNA

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