Before starting my rant, I must clarify how Southwest Airlines distributes seats. No seats are assigned! Seating is open. First come, first served.
Upon check-in, airline passengers are allocated a boarding group, A, B, or C, and boarding position, 1-60.
Your boarding group and location decide when you board the aircraft and how many seats you may pick from.
It has been a while since I flew Southwest. Since I had so many Southwest points and travel dollars from flights being canceled during the pandemic, I decided to give Southwest my business recently.
Southwest used to reserve seats near the front, which was annoying.
Another attempt! You may read a week’s saving seats NO NO below, which is from before my recent trip.
I sat at the front of an aircraft last week. I saw a couple and wife in the center, aisle seats across the aisle, and one row ahead. An elderly lady flying alone requested the window seat. It was denied to her.
After some arguing, the flight attendant told “the pair, “If she wants the window seat, you have to let her “it there.”
Since when have you been able to choose your seatmate on an airline that allocates seats? Do Southwest Airlines passengers believe they can select their seats?
Watching these situations is unpleasant. I appreciated the tattendant’s intervention. They ignore certain wasn’t. I wasn’t in the mood for another two-hour flight delay.
Pay for an early boarding place to board early. This is possible at the gate. A boarding number in the A group, 1-15, is guaranteed. One group boards the airplane first. Southwest keeps boarding group numbers in hopes of payment.
Checking in for a crowded aircraft earned me a C group boarding position. My traveling companions did, too. We splurged for A 1-15 early boarding at the gate.
While sitting blissfully in the front of the aircraft, I saw something odd. In the seat in front of me, the lady demonstrated territorial behavior. She sat on the window seat, her rucksack on the aisle seat, and her legs over all three. I watched her inform guest after traveler that the seats were taken, losing count of how many wanted to sit there.
She may have spared her two family members’ seats by paying for the A5 boarding number. She saved seats, and the entire thing irritated me, regardless of how she boarded 15–20 minutes before her family.
The flight attendants repeatedly said to grab the first free seat since the aircraft was packed. People were attempting to sit in the open. Didn’t they want row 5 at the front of the plane?
Southwest crew members informewon’tthey won’t say anything to a person conserving seats, but anybody may sit there. The crew may quickly adopt this strategy.
Southwest may not require crew seat-saving. Seeing someone reserve seats and lie to other travelers about their being occupied seems like a cop-out. I was hoping someone would question her and take the seats, but no one did.
Do regular Southwest flyers witness this on every flight? Did I see a one-time seat hog testing her mettle and hoping no one would questSouthwest’southwest’s open seating policy is intimidating and confusing enough without having to haggle with a fellow passenger who stares you in the eye and tells you to move ahead; these seats are taken!
Avoid being that person or gal. Play Southwest seatmate roulette instead of seat-saving games.