Lots of comments about families at the BACK of the plane. Are you KIDDING ME? I am supposed to pay extra to sit together, then sit at the back of the plane just because I have kids? I am supposed to wait in line with people pushing to get past me with my carseat and stroller and stuff, then lug the carseat AND my diaper bag AND my BABY to the NOISIEST part of the plane? No thanks. I'll go elsewhere.
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Hooray, Southwest. I am really EXCITED about your new boarding! As a mom who flies with 2 small children, one who is 3 and another who is 9 months, I simply can't wait to have angry passengers behind me as I bottleneck up the boarding process with my stroller and diaper bag since we no longer get to preboard. I can't wait to have to get rude with people who ask, "can we go past you while you fold up the stroller and lug your children to the back of the plane?" I can't wait to have to seat my 3-year old between two total strangers because they got there first and refuse to move so she can sit iwth her parents. I can't wait to have my 3-year old screaming because she can't sit next to Daddy AND Mommy on the plane. I can't wait to have your flight attendants have to move someone away from their window seat so that I can cram my carseat in there. And NO, it's not OK to ask FAMILIES to pay an extra $10-$30 PER TICKET to sit together. FAMILIES SITTING TOGETHER IS NOT A LUXURY, IT'S A NECESSITY. Congratulations, Southwest, this single act of kissing the business traveller's backside has probably lost you a pretty regular customer-- and probably more than just my family. You've now totally lost your appeal. Continental Airlines, here we come. At least we don't have to PAY EXTRA to sit together.
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