This week my husband and I got C seating and were separated by about 20 rows. Somewhat annoying, but more seriously, what if there were an accident or a crash? I know that Southwest has only had minor incidents, but if a larger incident ever happened, the knowledge of what seats passengers were assigned to would be extremely helpful. I can picture the scenario now: "Rows 1-10 came out alive, sir, but we don't know where your wife was seated because she flew Southwest." Also, if there were a need for an emergency landing, can you imagine what a plane full of separated family members would be like?
And what the heck about security? Doesn't it seem particularly wise in a post 9/11 world to know exactly who is assigned to which seat? Granted, of course these examples are all huge what-ifs and I am operating in an alarmist mode, but I still think they are valid points.
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