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Re: Military Boarding Policy

bwallet
Active Member

I see people in uniform all the time. I do not pretend to know why some are in uniform and some are not.

Re: Military Boarding Policy

Idesofmarch2008
New Arrival

You don’t pretend to know the difference because you don’t know.  It’s funny how the ones who get the “privilege” are *usually* trainees heading home for block leave or to their school from basic/boot.   

All or none.  It’s not about entitlement but optics, as mentioned previously.

Re: Military Boarding Policy

kasey97
Active Member

Does a CAC card show that you're an Active Component military servicemember?  My hubby has a CAC card becuz he's a DOD civilian employee.  I agree with your sentiments regarding not being in uniform.  But why not show your military ID?  Is there a prohibition against that now?  On a side note, I always feel a bit slighted when I, as an Army Retiree over 20 yrs, are not included in certain military benefits.  BUT.....only a bit, and then I think....well I'm still VERY thankful that our current active duty are afforded discounts, benefits, etc.

Re: Military Boarding Policy

Idesofmarch2008
New Arrival

Yes, the CAC says “Active,” and most airlines either check that or trust that people who say they are, are.  There are plenty of reasons we might need to board first, and some airlines let Veterans/retirees, as my spouse gets to on those.

Re: Military Boarding Policy

SWICTD
New Arrival

I agree this policy is just for optics and clearly shows a poor understanding of the military. This happened to me and I was extremely disappointed. I will never use Southwest again and I’ll encourage everyone in my circles to do the same.

Re: Military Boarding Policy

bwallet
Active Member

I appreciate the military. You do an important job. I just wish so many military members weren't so entitled. Southwest lets military members in uniform board between A and B. That's a cause to thank Southwest, not find fault for not giving more special privileges.

Re: Military Boarding Policy

SWICTD
New Arrival

It’s a completely flawed policy. Most military units have policies that service members must not travel in uniform. Why’s that so hard to understand? It’s nothing to do with entitlement. If Southwest wanted to allow service members to board early, an active military ID should be the only thing required.

Re: Military Boarding Policy

bwallet
Active Member

@SWICTD That's not the policy. Entitled is being upset that they don't change the policy to give a benefit. There is no entitlement to that...

Re: Military Boarding Policy

autumng521
New Arrival

It’s not entitlement, it’s about service peoples’ safety. Look up terrorist attacks against people in uniform. It’s dangerous for us to travel in uniform. It’s why most of us cannot based on regulations. 

Re: Military Boarding Policy

omega55
New Arrival

There seems to be a misunderstanding on why military members are disappointed with the execution of this policy.

  • The DOD prefers it's members to travel in civilian clothes due to being targeted in terrorists attacks. (E.g. Frankfurt Int'l), I understand that WN doesn't fly to Germany, but most military don't control their itinerary and may fly WN to another US airport before switching airlines to Germany.
  • The open seating is stressful for TDYers when more than likely 24hrs earlier the member was not in a situation to check in for a decent position (multiple times I was on a Mil cargo plane until hours after check in). If they had standard military boarding like they do for families it would relieve that stress.
  • Also it comes off extremely disingenuous to say that the airline loves the troops with these "benefits" yet neglects to offer them regularly.

These are the reasons I actively avoid flying WN. Not to mention flying other airlines there's the occasional upgrade to first/business for status or just being military.