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Queue at US Air Force station in Iraq, for food at a "birthday celebration".
Queue at US Air Force station in Iraq, for food at a "birthday celebration".

Queue areas are areas in which people queue (first-come, first-served), that is they wait in line for something. Examples include checking out the groceries or other goods that have been collected in a self-service shop, in a shop without self-service, at an ATM, at a ticket desk, or in a taxi stand. In economics, queuing is seen as one way to ration scarce goods and services. KIRKUK AIR BASE, Iraq -- Master Sgt. ... KIRKUK AIR BASE, Iraq -- Master Sgt. ... For queueing people, see queue area. ... The phrase first come, first served (sometimes first-come, first-serve or simply FCFS) indicates the policy of a particular establishment to attend to the requests of customers or clients in the order that they arrived, without other biases or preferences. ... Supermarket produce section A supermarket is a store that sells a wide variety of goods including food and alcohol, medicine, clothes, and other household products that are consumed regularly. ... Self Service is the practice of serving oneself, usually when purchasing items. ... Look up shop in Wiktionary, the free dictionary A shop is an enclosed location where a specific activity is carried out. ... Outdoor ATMs may be free-standing, like this kiosk, or built into the side of banks or other buildings For other uses of ATM, see ATM. An automatic teller machine or automated teller machine (ATM) is an electronic device that allows a banks customers to make cash withdrawals and... A taxi stand (also called taxi rank, cab stand, or hack stand) is a queue area on a street or on private property where taxicabs line up to wait for passengers. ... U.S. Economic Calendar Economics at the Open Directory Project Economics textbooks on Wikibooks The Economists Economics A-Z Institutions and organizations Bureau of Labor Statistics - from the American Labor Department Center for Economic and Policy Research (USA) National Bureau of Economic Research (USA) - Economics material from the organization... Rationing is the controlled distribution of resources and scarce goods or services: it restricts how much people are allowed to buy or consume. ... Scarcity is a central concept in economics. ...


Whether there is a neat line, or just a crowd where being bold helps in being served first, depends on culture and on lay-out of the taxi stand, store, etc.


Queuing is a common phenomenon in a number of fields, and has been extensively analyzed, in the study of queuing theory. Queueing theory (spelled queuing theory in the United States) is the mathematical study of waiting lines (or queues). ...

People waiting in a queue for the delivery of toilet paper
People waiting in a queue for the delivery of toilet paper

Highly organized queue areas are commonly found at amusement parks. Their rides only have a fixed capacity of guests that can be served at any given time. If more people come in than can be served in a given length of time, a line begins to form, and thus amusement parks feel the need to control those lines in some manner or other. This leads to the development of formalized queue areas – areas in which the lines of people waiting to board the rides are organized by railings, and may be given shelter from the elements with a roof over their heads. In some amusement parks – Walt Disney World is an example – queue areas can be elaborately decorated, thus potentially shortening the perceived wait for some people in the queue, by giving people something interesting to look at while they are in line. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Six Flags New England, an amusement park in Springfield, Massachusetts. ... Cinderella Castle, at the center of the Magic Kingdom, is Walt Disney World Resorts most recognizable icon Introduction Owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company, the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, USA is home to four theme parks, two water parks, several resort hotels and golf courses...


Some of the longest queues can be found at the terminals for cruise ships, where elaborate security precautions are necessary in order to prevent hijackings, stowaways, and terrorist attacks. Also, it is customary to photograph passengers at the gangplank for souvenir photos further slowing the queue. MV Pride of Aloha docked in Port of Nāwiliwili, Kaua‘i in the Hawaiian Islands A cruise ship, or less commonly cruise liner or luxury liner, is a passenger ship used for pleasure voyages, where the voyage itself and the amenities of the ship are considered an essential part... Security is being free from danger. ... Hijacking or highjacking is the forcible robbery from, or seizure of, a vehicle in transit. ... A stowaway (also stoweaway) is a person who travels illegally, by airplane, ship or train. ... Look up terrorist in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Terrorist may refer to: Terrorism, violence (especially against civilians) that is militarily insignificant but aimed at undermining morale it also tends to reduce peoples love life dramatically by causing erectile disfunction The Terrorist, a 1998 film based on the life of a...


In many cases, there are many separate lines for getting to service points. Large stores and supermarkets may have dozens of separate queues. This can cause frustration for some people, as different lines tend to be handled at different speeds: some people are served quickly, but others may get stuck waiting for long periods of time. Sometimes two people who are together each wait in a different line, and later the one in the slower line joins the other. The arrangement can be made more fair, evening out the good and bad luck, if everyone waiting to be served is put in one line, and one person leaves the queue each time a service point opens up. This is a common setup in banks, and some businesses that commonly have many separate queues will make this sort of arrangement in high-traffic times of year, such as the end-of-year holiday season. The essential function of a bank is to provide services related to the storing of deposits and the extending of credit. ...


Line or queue jumping or cutting in line is the frowned-upon practice of moving ahead of one or more people in line without their permission.


Virtual queueing

Instead of physical queueing there may be virtual queueing. In a waiting room there may be the system that one asks and remembers after whom one is, or one reports to a desk and is called when it is one's turn, or one takes a ticket with a number from a machine. It applies at the doctor/hospital, and at offices where many people visit, like the town hall, social security office, labor exchange, or post office. A display usually shows the current number. An advantage is that one can sit down (if there are seats), go to another counter or shop for which this queuing system does not apply, browse and collect leaflets, etc., inside or even outside the room. In the latter case one has to be back in time, because if one is too late one has to start at the end of the queue again with a new ticket. A physician visiting the sick in a hospital. ... City Hall is a 1996 film directed by Harold Becker. ... For specific national programs, see Social Security (United States), National insurance (UK), Social Security (Sweden) Social security mainly refers to a field of social welfare concerned with social protection, or protection against socially recognized needs, including poverty, old age, disability, unemployment, families with children and others. ... Small-town post office and town hall in Lockhart, Alabama A post office is a facility (in most countries, a government one) where the public can purchase postage stamps for mailing correspondence or merchandise, and also drop off or pick up packages or other special-delivery items. ...


Sometimes there are different tickets, hence different queues, for different services; the ticket may show a letter for the service and a sequential number. In that case not always all current numbers are displayed, and it is less convenient to estimate the remaining waiting time. This applies even more if the same desk may handle several services, so e.g. after b13 has been handled, the holder of b14 may still have to wait, because c17 and c18 come in between.


Other waiting rooms

Waiting rooms without maintaining an order of arrival or of being served are in train stations, bus depots, airports, and other public transport terminals. Some waiting rooms are restricted to ticketed passengers, especially at airports and in depots of major cities. Passengers bustle around the typical grand edifice of Londons Broad Street station in 1865. ... For other meanings, see Bus stop (disambiguation). ...


See also


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Queue - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (380 words)
One characteristic of a queue is that it does not have a specific capacity.
A practical implementation of a queue usually does have some capacity limit, that depends on the concrete situation it is used in.
For a waiting queue of people, eventually there might not be enough space to squeeze into, or people might decide that the queue is already too long and not bother adding themselves to it.
Queue area - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (835 words)
Queue areas are areas in which people queue (first-come, first-served), that is they wait in line for something.
This leads to the development of formalized queue areasareas in which the lines of people waiting to board the rides are organized by railings, and may be given shelter from the elements with a roof over their heads.
Some of the longest queues can be found at the terminals for cruise ships, where elaborate security precautions are necessary in order to prevent hijackings, stowaways, and terrorist attacks.
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