I would wait by my computer so that as soon as the clock is exactly "24hr in advance" I could check-in" hoping to get a decent seat on the plane. Like Mr Morgan, twice I ran into passengers who reserved the seats for their friends/relatives and booed me away to find another seat. This indeed beats the purpose of checking in early and, to my understanding, totally in contrary with open seat policy. Open for seating, not for reserving! I found this experience distasteful and a displeasure to fly SW.
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