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Re: Saving Seats Problem - Here is what you can do

New Arrival

My husband and I encountered this issue of "saving seats" for family members when returning from the Dominican Republic this past week. It was a 3 1/2 hour flight, and we always purchase the Early Bird option when we fly...

When we boarded, two members of a family had "saved" 12 seats (two complete rows) for family boarding later, as in the C group,....I was not impressed, nor were others who came later and attempted to sit in the "saved seats." Despite the questions and stares, they did save all 12 seats for family only two of which were young children. 

Frustrating . . .

 

 

 

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Re: Saving Seats Problem - Here is what you can do

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Just sit there.  Ignore the claims of a saved seat.

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Re: Saving Seats Problem - Here is what you can do

New Arrival

For any policy there are always egregious flaunters. So the question is what is the scale of the offense. Saving 12 seats would be pretty unacceptable by any gauge. Definitely should not try to “save” prime seats. Where on the scale would, for example,  trying to save your “B” group spouse a single middle seat with you at the back of the plane fall? 

It boils down to the level of conflict/competition for a specific seat location.

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Re: Saving Seats Problem - Here is what you can do

New Arrival

I believe Southwest needs a clear policy on it.  Families flying together -- even checking in at the same time can get completely different boarding numbers based on their status.  I am AList Preferred and I'm always in the A group.  I travel all year long.  For the one trip I travel with my kids...I should be able to save their seats so that we can sit together.  I would NEVER pick a person's stuff up and sit in their seat and hand it to them.  Really?  That's rediculous.  Why don't you pay extra to get an early boarding pass so that you can sit where you want to?  The policy of first come first serve should apply to the person boarding the plane.  If there was a policy that I could not save seats for my kids...I would respect that too.  BUT THERE ISN'T A POLICY!

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Re: Saving Seats Problem - Here is what you can do

New Arrival

MCarmichael0708 

 

I hear what you are saying about savng seats for your kids.....  Having seen what MOST people do, which is spouses skimping on paying the extra early bird to board together or also  the saving of multiple seats for party groups, I would say that you are not in the majority of people who are scamming the system.  That being said, you would have to understand that you are probably feeling the frustration of people who have seen this underhanded ploy a few too many times.  I always pay for my 16 yr old daughter & I to board at the same time even though I could easily do the same thing other people do and save some money.  I try to live by the golden rule of "do unto others"....  You want to sit with your kids but the people boarding behind you probably also want to sit with their loved ones and all they see is middle seats  and empty "saved seats".  

 

You are right that the airline does not have a rule against saved seats but they also do not have a rule allowiing you to save a seat.  So if someone comes and sits in a seat that you have "saved" you should probably check your outrage.

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Re: Saving Seats Problem - Here is what you can do

New Arrival

to the guy who sat in 5A from DIA to MSP 6AM October 31st, who placed his sweater on seat next to him, trying to 'save' the seat later to find no one was seated there..feeling white privileged? Get over yourself! This world is NOT about you or the color of your skin.. it's called the plane is public space anyone can sit there! 

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Re: Saving Seats Problem - Here is what you can do

New Arrival

Oh brother

 

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New Arrival

I've seen privleged people of all races & ethnicities.  Please don't make bad behaviour a race issue.  

 

IMHO...that would make you the racist.

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New Arrival

so what you are saying is that people will pay the fee for early bird seating for one of them and hold for the other instead of paying for preboarding? So I could have only paid for one of us and held a seat for my husband and saved the $15 ? Wow. should have done it NOT

 

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Re: Saving Seats Problem - Here is what you can do

New Arrival

Today I paid for early check in. When I boarded a passenger had saved 5 seats by putting bags all over them. I could have insisted on sitting in one but then would have been in a group of people mad at me. Why even have assigned boarding order if you let people save seats? It’s clear in this case 1 person in the group of 6 paid $15 and used it to seat 6 people. I think a solution could be to allow seat saving from the middle of the plane back so that cheaters don’t get the prime seats.