My wife too is my companion pass and I never save the seat for her. 99% of the time it is still vacant when she boards and if we need to be apart for 4 hours, so be it. This “saving of stats” example was the remainder of the entire row by spreading stuff all over those seats to sent a message. The flight attendant is an employee of SW. it’s like people bringing on three bags. It’s either a rule or a suggestion. An unenforced policy is just a suggestion
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There isn’t teally a policy, only a suggestion. While standing at A19, as I do a few days a week I listen to the “you can board with the later of your group but you can not board early” announcement, I watch A13 board and save the entire exit row, the same one the flight attendant is standing next to. Over and over, she announces that “this row is saved” to other A group passengers, again right next to the flight attendant. When C group boards, two of the C Group get the prime exit row seats saved by this passenger, all while at least 12 people ask if they can sit there. The flight attendant totally allows this. I hate that the rule is not a rule, but a suggestion. I rely on Southwest to treat the boarding process seriously. I don’t fly AList Preferred so that passengers and flight attendants can ignore, change and totally devalue the policies I value with this airline.
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