I've been flying SWA since 1977 and qualify for the companion pass - I totally understand the companion cannot board with the business select and it makes perfect sense. I've watched too many companions board and then sit in the exit row. This should not happen because the folks that pay for business select and not their companions get the options on where to sit. SWA can help stop this by having the gate agents announce that you board where your boarding pass says and not let people board out of order. When that little bell goes off the name and boarding group pops up. If someone is B or C trying to get in the A group move them aside. It's not hard and if all gate agents start announcing line up in numerical order, it won't take long for everyone to get the idea and when someone tries to sneak in when they get busted it will reinforce - line up in numerical order.
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It is my understanding that boarding is done in numerical order so if you get on the plane and someone "saves" a seat - since there is no "official policy" there can be no "official seat saving" written or not and as I understand it you board with your number and if there is a seat you want to sit in and it is not occupied by a handicapped person (pre-boarder) then you can sit it in - there is no discussion. The person "saving" the seat can accept it or move. At 6'5" I will no longer move past a seat I want to sit in because it is saved for someone boarding after me.
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