The open seating makes Southwest what it is. It's a wonderful, empowering, egalaterian airline. I fly every week, and I'm "gold" on three other airlines and Platinum on two others, and I will always pick Southwest, even though I almost always get upgrades to first on many of the other airlines.
The big difference is Southwest likes its passengers. The other airlines hate their customers. I guess it's somewhat understandable, going through bankrupcy several times, pay cuts, etc. I had to listen to a flight attendent tell us about her third paycut on a "triangle" carrier for a 4 hour flight recently - she was not very interested in us, just herself.
I'm a big guy and I don't like the middle seats any more than the next guy, but everyone has the same chance to get a decent seat. It's like America - you have the "opportunity" to do whatever you want, but not the "right" to have it automatically given to you.
I hope Southwest maintains it's current seating policy - I'm not sure I want the crybabies who "demand" their assigned seat on the same plane with me - if I wanted to be near them, I'd fly the other "loser" airlines.
I LUV southwest - keep up the great product and the great people.
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