I haven't checked luggage in over 25 years. After the second time my luggage did not arrive, once again with very specific clothing required, a suit for an international presentation & a banquet down the first time, that was the very last time I ever checked luggage.
I do love your thinking. It's a great idea if it works for you. However, never have the luxury to sit around and wait for 30 rows of people to deplane. But if I had the time it sounds very entertaining.
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I absolutely agree!!! Today I think there were over 35 pre-boards. UNBELIEVABLE. Naturally, the first eight rows of the aircraft were filled up by pre-borders. Now they each takes an aisle seat of a Row, instead of sitting together on one side. Another growing trend is one of a couple will take the window seat and the other one takes the aisle seat rather than sitting side by side. I've been stuck in between a husband and wife team pulling this garbage more than once.
I've been flying with this Airlines since 1983 -- that's 40 years. I wrote to the company stating a very similar concept ---that pre-borders will NOT be allowed to sit before row 10 unless the passenger has a Group A seat assignment. However, their attendant accompanying them may not sit in front of row 10 unless they also have a Group A seat assignment. If you preboard with Delta or United or any other Airline, you still go ALL the way back to your original seat assignment, e.g., 26E or 30A or whatever it is. You don't just suddenly get to sit in first class or business class because you preboard. Southwest needs to get that concept under their belt so that they can fairly enforce pre-boarding their passengers. It is becoming increasingly unfair to those of us who pay and /or have earned A 1-30 spots.
Additionally, ALL Preboarders MUST DEPLANE LAST!!! It's interesting how many morbidly obese, and other fraudulently 'disabled' passengers, ride down the ramp in a wheelchair - with their Entourage taking premium seating -yet when the plane lands, their legs and bodies work perfectly as they bolt off the aircraft like track sprinters. Perhaps, if they had to deplane last, that might put a stop to the nonsense.
This is another problem that Southwest has with the ever growing size of the pre-boarding group. They all get up and just stand there, blocking the aircraft exit, blocking the area and ramp just outside the aircraft exit, etc. SO NOBODY CAN GET PAST THEM OR MOVE. Those of us trying to get to a meeting, or get to business, end up --once again-- unfairly waiting for this same group of passengers at the end of the flight. It's THEIR DISABILITY, NOT OURS. My mother is 87 and requires assistance. She would never ever think of imposing her extra requirements or disability on any other passenger. One day that will be us all. But, it will be our problem, not every other passenger's problem. It requires one to plan accordingly. Every single able bodied passenger should not be forced to wait on the disability of others.
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