Why do people fundamentally not understand that checking in for a flight is different from purchasing a ticket? Even if you wait until the day before the flight to purchase a ticket , you can still get an A boarding pass. And with an A pass, what's with "waiting in line for hours?" No, you can wait in the seats, like you would for any flight on any airline, and slide in at the end of the A line and still get a window or aisle seat.
Open seating is one of the best things about Southwest. I appreciate that the airline is open to changes and innovation, and there may be some merit to instituting seat assignment to a small subset of longer-haul flights. But please leave open seating for flights that are 90 minutes or less.
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