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Traveling with friends. Don’t waste everyone’s money on early bird!

Jstephens576
New Arrival

On flight 2502 to Dallas - attendant let one passenger save two exit row sears on a full flight. He said boarding position has nothing to do with seat selection. 

 

I guess Southwest has changed the policy! Appears you can buy one early bird and save seats for friends and family now,

why waste you money.

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Re: Traveling with friends. Don’t waste everyone’s money on early bird!

chgoflyer
Top Contributor

Unfortunately, Southwest has no policy against seat saving.

Re: Traveling with friends. Don’t waste everyone’s money on early bird!

spacecoastbill
Active Member

You should have just sat there. 

 

Let the FA explain themselves to the company after the complaint if they try to stop you and you are not unable to perform the functions that come with seating in an exit row.

Re: Traveling with friends. Don’t waste everyone’s money on early bird!

chgoflyer
Top Contributor

@spacecoastbill wrote:

You should have just sat there. 

 

Let the FA explain themselves to the company after the complaint if they try to stop you and you are not unable to perform the functions that come with seating in an exit row.


That's not how it works. 😉

 

If the FA decided to deny you the seat, you are denied the seat. 

 

By law a passenger is required to obey the commands of the flight crew. Period.

Re: Traveling with friends. Don’t waste everyone’s money on early bird!

spacecoastbill
Active Member

That changes nothing.  Let the compay defend their employee for denying a paying passenger for a seat with zero justification for doing it.

Re: Traveling with friends. Don’t waste everyone’s money on early bird!

chgoflyer
Top Contributor

@spacecoastbill wrote:

That changes nothing.  Let the compay defend their employee for denying a paying passenger for a seat with zero justification for doing it.


 

You are welcome to take a seat that someone else has saved if you'd like. Southwest has no policy for or against seat saving. And FAs generally do not get involved.

 

But -- again -- if a flight attendant sides with the person saving the seat and you disobey that flight attendant, be prepared to be removed from the flight. 

 

(And the converse is also true -- if you are the person refusing to give up the saved seat when directed to do so by cabin crew.)

 

By law a passenger must obey the orders of the flight crew. 

 

I'm certain that, if you are removed from the flight, the company will absolutely defend their employee's decision.