I understand your response, and that very well could have been what happened, but the check in agent said the flight is never full and said there were no “no shows” or cancellations. Plus, I would really think it odd for a 5am regular flight with 60 +- passengers to have just as many cancellations/flight changes/no shows or even half as many of those. I’m sure I’ll never know the answer to this, and I suspect my conspiracy theories will remain as theories.
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Do you have any insight on this phenomenon? I was standing in line at A54 and noticed that there were a LOT of empty spots in front of me (A31-A53) in a random array. There were even quite a few sporadic spots in the A16-A30 line next to me. After those A16-A30 people boarded the B1-B30 lined up and there were about 10 people with huge gaps between them. The flight was obviously not full and only had about 60 people flying (lucky me!). It was also an early flight (5am). There’s no way that 70+ people cancelled their trips at the last minute leaving these huge gaps, but it made me wonder how a person could be assigned B2, for example, the next person B8, then B12, etc. with no reasoning to the gap sizes. Again, this is assuming that half of the people on the flight were no shows or late cancellations - highly unlikely, especially because the flight check in lady confirmed that the flight was never fully sold and that the particular flight is always lightly traveled. It makes me think that SWA is gicing random line assignments Not in numerical order. With 60+- passengers you would expect the bottom half of the A group and the first part of the B group to all be together. I get that they leave a little space for A List Preferred and all of that, but it’s odd that someone was assigned B2 and the next person that checked in was assigned B8 or whatever. To reiterate from above, the check in agent noted that this particular flight is always empty. Any thoughts on this subject?
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