I’ve experienced this problem on 3 of my last 4 flights. I always purchase early bird, and have been denied open seats because “they are being saved”, and the flight attendants won’t intercede. A fellow traveler suggested just taking the seat anyway. I agree in principal, but then I’m the **bleep**. Southwest has always been my favorite airline, but not anymore. The tension and hard feelings aren’t worth it. I guess I’m moving on. Safe travels to everyone.
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