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Re: PRE BOARD NONSENSE

ACESNEIGHTS
New Arrival

The solution is for everyone with a disability to just get a wheelchair. If you have a wheelchair, you don't get idiots complaining about your invisible disability.

 

My wife had a stroke and could walk slowly with a cane. At LAX we tried coming up the disabled elevator and going to the front of the line. We were lucky we weren't lynched by an angry mob waiting for hours.

 

My wife just fell to the floor crying uncontrollably. The checkpoint agents brought her a wheelchair and that was the last time we tried we tried for minimal assistance. 

 

You either get no help at all or you get a wheelchair.

Re: PRE BOARD NONSENSE

ffflyer
Active Member

If the ever growing line of pre-borders and seat savers bothers you that much, fly an airline that lets you reserve your seat when you buy your ticket.  

For me, I don’t like SWAs free for all seating policy. I look at all other options before booking SWA. But SWA is usually the most convenient and lowest costs choice. 

I try to ignore the fiasco as far as I can and remind myself that, as the FAs sometimes announce, all seats arrive at the same time. 

 

Re: PRE BOARD NONSENSE

spacecoastbill
Active Member

And the pre boards there are not quite a numerous as the ones on SWA, but they are there too.

Re: PRE BOARD NONSENSE

sixstringsent
New Arrival

Here's the dilemma with what you're proposing - to have to have a wheelchair in order to preboard.

I have PTSD from my time in the military spent in Iraq. I have requested preboard for a few years now because it eases my triggers and anxiety to be able to get in my seat and not to be surrounded by people. I do this at the recommendation of my doctor, and have never had a problem except maybe a few a-holes who stare. Not bothered by it.

The problem with your suggestion is that all injuries aren't physical, nor do they necessitate the need for a wheelchair. I hate that your wife went through that, but it's all the more reason to not paint with a broad brush.

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moandyr22
Active Member

I respect/ thank you for your service however if you claim your PTSD should allow you to pre-board because "anxiety being around a lot of people" perhaps then you have no business being on a full plane. There will still be the same amount of people around you.  Does that mean when they deplane you are a danger to yourself or others? I'm still not seeing  how avoiding the inevitable will make a difference. Once b and c  groups start coming on they pile in  the isles as if it will move faster if you are chest to back. And yes even those comfortably sitting are suddenly crowded,  So if you choose to fly you will be in crowds, unless YOU book first class on planes that separate the two. 

Re: PRE BOARD NONSENSE

spacecoastbill
Active Member

And all those that need a wheelchair on boarding magically no longer need them on arrival thanks to jetway Jesus.

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parpitt1
Active Member

Occasionally, I roll my eyes at what I call the healing effects of a SW flight, magically those with special needs to be pre boarded can sprint off the plane from the front of the plane upon arrival, like Lazarus rising from the dead, Hallelujah!

But then I take deep breath and move on, since Generally, I check bags anyway due the nature of my work 

Re: PRE BOARD NONSENSE

sixstringsent
New Arrival

Ever consider that there are disabilities that aren't physical in nature? Hmm. Arrogant, much?

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spacecoastbill
Active Member

Thats very true.    But those gaming the system are far more numerous on SWA because of the lack of assigned seating.  Especially going to LAS or MCO.


Re: PRE BOARD NONSENSE

sixstringsent
New Arrival

Tell you what, I HOPE that you say something when I request a pre-board. You can be pissy about those who take advantage of the system all you like, but it doesn't change that there are some of us (and most of those who preboard fall into this category) who genuinely need a preboard. That's not a Southwest policy, it's federal law. You sound like a super snotty person, so inconvenienced by preboarders that you have to be a Karen and say something. It's sad, really. You're EXACTLY the type of traveler that most people hate to have to interact with, just walking around like you're owed a red carpet because you spent x number of dollars. So yeah...PLEASE say something to those asking for a preboard, so that you can ruin their day and humiliate them. Sad.