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Re: Preboarding Scammers

dfwskier
Top Contributor

As has been said many times, disabled people don't always appear disabled.

 

In my case, I have sciatica. I can be absolutely fine getting on a plane, and in absolute agony getting off (or not depending on the day).

 

 

Re: Preboarding Scammers

Dkasp
New Arrival

Everybody has something.

Re: Preboarding Scammers

Aztraveler
New Arrival

I agree. southwest policy states 1 "aide" may accompany a speical needs passenger. By following that it would have cut down the preboarding on my last flight from 22 to about 6!! 

Us Business select passnegers are getting tired of Southwest talking the talk but NOT walking the walk. And don't get me started on carry on bags!! 

Re: Preboarding Scammers

Lmkel68
Active Member

I remember being in MN for a celebration and I attended many parties while there.  You can imagine the look on my face when I saw a lady that I had seen a number of times through out the week long celebration, in a wheel chair when it was time to board the plane to leave.  They even had the nerve to cause a raucous....It happens

Re: Preboarding Scammers

Aztraveler
New Arrival

I recently heard a passenger say that he bought a collapsable cane for $20.00 and keeps it in his carry on bag specifically for southwest preboarding. He even bragged that he had never used the cane but the $20.00 investment has allowed him to preboard without buying business select fares!

Re: Preboarding Scammers

DancingDavidE
Top Contributor

@Aztraveler wrote:

I recently heard a passenger say that he bought a collapsable cane for $20.00 and keeps it in his carry on bag specifically for southwest preboarding. He even bragged that he had never used the cane but the $20.00 investment has allowed him to preboard without buying business select fares!


That's just a whole different level to brag about it openly, what a miserable person.

 

Home airport MDW, frequent visitor to MCO to see the mouse.

Re: Preboarding Scammers

buzzchris
Active Member

My neighbor has been scamming for a couple of years now. She just did it again last week. She also has a cane that collapses and sometimes uses a knee brace (on the outside on her clothing). She is very phsically capable. Last week, she pre boarded with her husband (who "helped" her boarding). Then her two sons accompanied her as well.  She laughs about it and even will post it on Facebook. She just wants the first few rows, overhead bin space, and her family sitting together.  Now, her sons do it.   

Re: Preboarding Scammers

floridaguy
Active Member

I think Southwest's pre boarding policy is very nice.  It gives people the ability to select a seat that they will enjoy for the flight.

 

Many people have medical conditions so quit complaining.

Re: Preboarding Scammers

buzzchris
Active Member

My neighbor has been doing this for years. She is not disabled,. She is an avid hiker.  She has a cane that collapses, then pre-boards with her two adult sons. She laughs about it and even has posted it on FB. Then last week, her son who boards with her, grabs an emerg row seat after passengers start boarding and saves it for his brother.  She says it is really simple. She says the FAs don't have a clue or don't care.  Not too long ago,  I saw five adult family members board with "grandma" in a wheelchair who preboarded. Five to assist? Why is that allowed?   ...and this is not the first time I have witnessed this. 

Re: Preboarding Scammers

DancingDavidE
Top Contributor

@buzzchris wrote:

My neighbor has been doing this for years. She is not disabled,. She is an avid hiker.  She has a cane that collapses, then pre-boards with her two adult sons. She laughs about it and even has posted it on FB. Then last week, her son who boards with her, grabs an emerg row seat after passengers start boarding and saves it for his brother.  She says it is really simple. She says the FAs don't have a clue or don't care.  Not too long ago,  I saw five adult family members board with "grandma" in a wheelchair who preboarded. Five to assist? Why is that allowed?   ...and this is not the first time I have witnessed this. 


The FA will eject people who preboard from the exit rows, I've never seen this happen myself. Unless you are saying they preboarded and sat in front, then when general boarding started they got back up and grabbed the exit row?

 

 

 

 

Home airport MDW, frequent visitor to MCO to see the mouse.