Sean's suggestion that I ask a ticket attendant for long legroom seating has been done and rejected every time. Granted, I am "only" 6'-6" and not your example of the 7'-6" person you observed get special treatment, however, it is unfair to people sitting on either side of me to have to sit at a 45 degree angle so that my legs will fit. Some people have offered to let me sit in the aisle seat, however that requires me to sit at a 45 degree angle in the seat with my knees in the aisle to where the snack and drink carts cannot get by without my having to unbuckle and stand up to let them by (not to mention the agony of sitting for hours at an angle in a seat that was not designed for it). I once confronted a priest who had preboarded, limping with a cane, and upon arrival was sprinting off the plane. I asked him if there had been a miraculous recovery in his leg. He confessed (there's a switch) that he was feigning the injury to get more legroom. He wasn't even tall, he just likes to "stretch out". When even a PRIEST is forced to lie to get a seat, you need to look at how many other preboarders are pretending to be handicapped. What is the problem with assigned seating?
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Unless you are 6 feet 6 inches or over, you have absolutely no idea how uncomfortable it is to fly. After over 30 years of Southwest in operation, there is STILL no provision to accomodate extra-tall people. Why not give us first priority to the exit rows that have more leg room? Additionally, the "new" system still requires me to either arrive hours before I need to for an early boarding pass, or have my finger on the computer key exactly 24 hours in advance. Even having an early boarding pass is no guarantee that I will still get an exit row seat. It is infuriating to spend hours to get an early boarding pass to then get on board only to find that all the exit seating is already taken by "normal" height people. For this reason, I only fly Southwest as a last resort. Flying Southwest is like going to a restaurant or a theater that doesn't take reservations, and upon arriving, finding out there are no seats available.
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