Many interesting comments presented here. Especially love Elaine's observations regarding the "healing power" of a SW 737. I too have seen far too many "injured" pax preboard in "alleged pain" only to exit 1-2 hrs later "fully healed" etc. Add to that the "teaching powers" of a SW 737. Time and again I've seen pax feign "no English" spoken to wangle a preboard (why using sign language qualifies you for preboard I do not know). Anyhow, time and again, these same folks exit the flight speaking fluent English. The power of these 737's boarders on the mystical.
Also agree with comments by Mike and Drew regarding gate agents calling a1-a30 instead of in 5 or 10 unit increments. These agents need to regain control of their gates before the holidays. Otherwise madness will rule.
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